Roel de Haan : The Canadian atmospheric black metal outfit Finnr’s Cane is back after their well-received ‘Wanderlust’ album with a new album called ‘A Portrait Painted By The Sun’. Still sporting the cello as a replacement for the bass guitar and still in the same longing spirit of the debut. slowly developing songs, melancholic riffs and a certain naturalistic character that are as charming as they are engaging. The goods are still there, but more refined, mature, dynamic and immediate. Less overtly luring at a type of atmosphere than perhaps Fen does and less folky than The Flight Of Sleipnir, Finnr’s Cane show restraint in order to achieve this. It works superbly and the result is an album that simultaneously invites and avoids the listener, which draws you in time and time again. The mystery is never revealed. Aren’t those the kind of albums we cherish within our collection? ‘A Portrait Painted By The Sun’ is the perfect companion for a stroll in the forest, preferably during winter.