Season of Mists - Review
This project is formed by a group of talented musicians hailing from Montreal, Quebec.
Together they've pulled together this album, their debut work featuring ten extended tracks. It all comes packaged in a simple jewel case but the booklet contains all the lyrics, some artwork and credits. All together it's a nice package giving the appropriate impression of the moods portrayed through the music.
The album is arranged such that for the most part all of the compositions blend together so you can't really tell when one piece ends and the other begins. Also, many of the tracks are quite long, some well over eight and even ten minutes. With these pieces this long, within one song we end up with various distinct movements, some slow and haunting, others more upbeat and moving. The range of styles for the most part come together well and make the album very enjoyable depending on your mood. Parts of some of the tracks sound very much like they're out of a haunted movie or video game soundtrack with ambient and psychadelic elements blended, while others are quite intelligent, yet dreamy ethereal to create some beautiful soundscapes.
With the way the tracks all blend and length and dynamic compositions, it's hard to really pick favorites, you almost end up just picking out parts of individual pieces as favorites. "The Obscuration of Dreams" picks up nicely about 45 seconds into the song with xylophone and strings looped and slowly building with haunting vocals carrying over from the "Intro" until the smooth vocals pick up. At this point the music also comes to a climax with guitars and percussion forming a solid goth foundation which we hear on occasion on other pieces as well. "A Tear in the Fabric of Time" is another long track that has some favorite excerpts. The first half is a dreamy, haunting ambient and ethereal piece which wanders along in a dream-like state. The latter half includes a solid bassline and various layered synths and guitars with a subtle, moving beat for a nice mid-tempo piece. "Her Home in Every Mirror" is probably my favorite overall selection with harpsichord for more of a classical sound that slowly builds up to include more of that haunting violin and other spellbinding elements to carry along the siren-like vocals. There are other bits and pieces of other tracks that stand out as more ethereal pieces such as in the long track "Shadows" or a little later in "Lady of the Snow". However, the haunting, scary, almost psychadelic nature of other pieces tend to be a bit overwhelming depending on the listener's mood.
Overall it comes together nicely, it's definitely very haunting, something that works very well for playing in cemetaries or haunted houses, maybe really scare some kids around Halloween time at night. Those elements can be fun in their own time, but overall I think the ethereal goth foundation is what carries this album and really makes it worth listening to.