...The Soil Bleeds Black - _The Kingdom and Its Fey_
(Cruel Moon, 1997)
by: Adam Wasylyk (6 out of 10)
From the label that brought us the amazing Proscriptor, Cruel Moon (a sub-division of the Cold Meat Industry label) have brought us yet another musical oddity that is worthy of attention. The trio that comprises ...The Soil Bleeds Black play Medieval-influenced folk music who's pure, authentic sound lends the it a lot of credibility. Tracks like "Burh Stede Beated", "Dragon Arte", "To Thy Queen", "Ecce, Victoria", and "Homonuculus" showcase some pretty well- played music (exhibiting horned and stringed instruments, and flutes). The only bone I had to pick with _The Kingdom and Its Fey_ are the vocals, which were used sporadically throughout the 25 tracks. Both the male and female vocals at times sounded awkward, showing their flaws in tracks like "Redivivus 'Ole Norwich, the Triumph of Horamane" and "At that Fiery Pond". ... The Soil Bleeds Black have something great happening here, I very much look forward to future recordings by the band. Not recommended for more traditional metal listener, but for more open-minded music lovers.

(article published 14/7/1997)

8/12/1997 S Hoeltzel 7 ...The Soil Bleeds Black - March of the Infidels
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