We do get a lot of different releases here….some that are borderline folk metal or not at all and the debut from Italy’s Orquilux is one I have yet to decide on. They released a 5 song EP way back in October of 2018 entitled “The Sunset Of My Last Breath” and we are just getting it now. I am not so wrapped in folk metal to not appreciate other styles and this actually tapped into a few for me……semi-black metal at points, progressive, dungeon synth, heathen folk…. yes a mixed bag but all work under one umbrella. There is about 32 minutes of music here which is primarily instrumental which can be annoying to a point. If I approached listening and writing about it as a folk metal release, it would be missing on numerous levels……but it also does remind me of maybe some aspects of Agalloch, Wolves In The Throne Room or maybe even some Moonsorrow. The long drawn out passages, minimalistic riffing, subtle sound effects….those all work rather well here but again I would not call this folk metal. The attempts at more wider appealing tracks (ones with vocals) are still not 100% in terms of direction and style but are very promising. “Tempered By A Tormenting Memory” has some great dissonant chords and has a more black metal feel with brooding and screeching vox that work while the cleans sound forced like they had to include it for some reason. “The Sunset Of The Memories” is more successful all around with the long instrumental part from the beginning of the track into some nihilistic vocals and then drifting away to the end of the track. I think Orquilux (all 2 members in Nicholas Parente and Damiano Cerquito) have all the talent and musical chops to succeed but I think they need to figure out what direction to go in and I don’t think calling this folk metal works. Black metal? Maybe. Also going with primarily instrumental makes it even tougher to tell what this project will end up being/doing. It is still way too early to tell where Orquilux will land and at least they wisely called this a demo. My advice would be to commit to a style and then go for it. I found this to be a promising release even if it is not really a folk metal based project in my opinion.
- A dream Into a Memory
- Running Through The Memories
- Tempered by a Tormenting Memory
- The Sunset of the Memories
- A Land, A River, That Goes With Us