Kevin : ‘Tides Of War’ is like a time capsule, one that takes us back to somewhere in the mid nineties of the previous century. A time in which a lot of black metal was soaked with keyboards and fantasy subjects.
Ered Withrin bring us epic, melodic black metal in the vein of Summoning, complete with drum computer and synths. The inspiration for this solo project is drawn from fantasy books and movies. Music wise, Sven Smith creates landscapes we know from ‘Lord Of The Rings’ and other tales of Hyperboric fantasy. It would be easy to write of Ered Wethrin as a Summoning clone, yet there is more to the music on Tides Of War. One can detect a certain influence from the eastern European black metal. There are hints of Drudkh and Nokturnal Mortum to be found. Sound wise this is quite good, considering the fact that it is all recorded and mixed by Sven himself. No murky bedroom antics, but a clear and spacious sound. The level of playing is also good and the vocals are pleasant. All in all an enjoyable mix of atmosphere and dreamy melodies. A good piece of nostalgia. There also lies the weakness of this album. It lacks a face and sound truly its own. But I have high hopes for the future.