10 / 10
"Knowing that no label was interested in this work is complicated to understand, especially with so many bands of undoubtedly inferior quality have greater disclosure, but SLECHTVALK makes up for it by doing what they know best, music of the highest quality … it took, but 'Where Wandering Shadows and Mists Collide' was born destined for success!"
(Metal Na Lata)
10 / 10
98 / 100
"… almost an hour of pure energy …"
9,5 / 10
"… some great guitar work, and the ever present thundering rhythm section that pummels the listener SLECHTVALK have managed to produce an album that grabs you on first listen of the first track and keeps you coming back, finding more to like on not only each successive track but also on each successive listen. Hearing a band deliver complex songs with such raw power, instantly reminds me of why I like Metal."
(The Metal Resource)
9 / 10
"… a varied and interesting album. Especially when one realizes that this album is self-released. The men of SLECHTVALK have, despite the lack of a label managed to keep the quality high, which is worth a compliment."
9 / 10
"…amazing album! … a very good return from SLECHTVALK and it shows that they haven’t lost their appetite for new and amazing Black Metal. I hope they will return quickly for some new tunes."
(Dutch Brutal Death Metal)
9 / 10
"… there are classic Black Metal elements… more dominant in the epic, heroic Death Metal … anyway Amon Amarth style … Folk / Viking line as Ensiferum jump in … even though SLECHTVALK more severe, more stringent and somber in tone …"
9 / 10
"The quality of the disc is so great, that makes it difficult to choose one or another track as a highlight."
17 / 20
"Really, 'Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide' should be part of your next purchases, otherwise you would obviously miss something."
85 / 100
"… an excellent Metal album."
(Lords Of Metal)
8,5 / 10
8,5 / 10
"… this fifth album from the Dutch collective SLECHTVALK impresses by its effectiveness and power, presenting a highly addictive Melodic Black / Death Metal …"
(World Of Metal Radio)
84 / 100
"'Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide' is a strong successor 'Of A Forlorn Throne'. Familiar and yet different, because of the clear production and innovative elements. SLECHTVALK … keeps the board interesting until the end for lovers of the above names and Dissection, Borknagar, Immortal and Emperor. Record companies, save your work and enter into contact with these men who have taken the time to make a good album on the market. This Dutch band deserves more attention."
82 / 100
"… symphonic / melodic black Metal with … atmosphere and fantasy … black Immortal guitar sounds, plus pagan black for the epic and heroic (Bathory-)passages … quite heavy and powerful sound … SLECHTVALK makes me more than ever think of Sear Bliss on this album, especially with the 'Glory And Perdition' album … fine disk, again at a consistently high level, without weak spots. Voilà."
8 / 10
"Also on production-level, the new album surpasses its predecessor (s) - notable for a self-financed record set. Actually 'Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide' sounds exactly like this kind of music should sound; raw, giving the release automatically a vicious and 'extreme' edge … with 'Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide' namely SLECHTVALK delivers right at the end of 2016 still a damn fine album."
8 / 10
"… masterpiece … epic, dark and exciting and probably as close to Bathory masters … production is perfect, full-bodied and devastating sound, songwriting above average … in two words: must have."
(In Your Eyes)
8 / 10
… an interesting and entertaining album. The quality is very good …
75 / 100
7 / 10
"'Where Wondering Shadows And Mists Collide" features a couple of devastatingly heavy songs, and it also demonstrates technical mastery. Just take ‘The Shrouded Grief’ as an example. The record is in no way monotonous, the tracks vary in pace, structure and influences, ‘March To Ruin’ has an explicit viking feel and opener ‘We Are’ is catchy in a blistering sense."
7 / 10
7 / 10
"… a great listen for fans of Folk Metal, Black Metal and Viking Metal …"
(Dutch Metal Maniac)
7 / 10
"'Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide' is a blend of Death/Black Metal with a massive Heavy Metal component that settles well focused shots in the face … the Dutch do not slow the shot almost never … delighting the proponents of the genre …"
(Through The Black Hole)
7 / 10
"… technical / melodic eg Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon, Siebenbürgen etc. … there are vocals used in clean tones in places … musical structure resembles melodic-based 'Black' Metal bands … a quality album … artwork and booklet are quite well signed ..."
"For those who are lovers of the genre, they are sure to be delighted with this album, but even for those who are not fans of the Death style, I advise them to listen to this album in its entirety. When SLECHTVALK play they will realize why. A breath of fresh air in the Death genre and an excellent album to take into account!"
"‚Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide‘, however, a Black Metal album that touches not only lyrically deep, but mostly instrumental and vocal pierces your heart, and knows how to set the soul on fire. Indeed, just like a typical Black Metal album should be. Ever occurred, but rarely do we have records from that, which stick to the ribs like spiders on a web, as ‚Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide‘ certainly is the case."
"Expect an earful of Viking Metal to the likes of Amon Amarth blended with relentless Black Metal elements, yet again slightly transforming Slechtvalk’s traditional sound. A sense of melancholy flows across somber plains with the sounds of down tempo interludes. Pagan Metal, the heart of Folk Metal, and dashes of Death Metal become the call to arms for the epic “Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide”."
"The beauty of 'Wandering Shadows' is that it can combine the classic Metal sound with a more contemporary, heavier style … the transformation of sludgy, blackened Metal to more traditional Heavy Metal, and back again is so seamless that you wouldn’t even notice it unless you listened out for it. Truly something special, 'Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide' should be your first favourite album of 2017, and if all of this wasn’t enough to convince you, the cover art is by Raymond Swanland, acclaimed Magic: The Gathering artis …"
"… very well executed … worth a listen."
"'Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide' presents one thing I love in Metal music: open and honest yellings and screamings. It’s such an art to place them well and correctly, but SLECHTVALK really knows how. And the vocals are not really gutural, but angry. Let’s say angrier than Mustaine’s, if it’s possible…"
"With clear targeting they have shaped their style, a symphonic sound, tight, epic, fearless … elaborate material … their dynamism will win your favor, you will quickly realize that it is much more serious than various, defiant noise … this new disc gives them a good chance to regroup their old fans and gain even more. You are certainly among them."
(Flight Of Pegasus)
"If I could put a "label" to the sound of the band ... It would not be just one. Raw / melodic / blackened / death Metal certainly would be some of them, along with a fantastic epic / folk atmosphere wandering with the symphonic overtones making the background, a front scene."
Deventer, Overijssel • Netherlands
Epic Extreme Metal
Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide
Dutch EPIC EXTREME METAL band SLECHTVALK started out as a one-man project in 1999 by founder Shamgar. The debut album 'Falconry' was released in 2000 by FEAR DARK and received excellent reviews for its raw and symphonic Black Metal.
A full band was formed (including Jesse Vuerbaert [ex-HEIDEVOLK] as Ohtar) and as such SLECHTVALK recorded and released its 2nd album 'The War That Plagues The Lands' and a Split-CD with the Indonesian Avantgarde Metal act KEKAL in the year 2002.
In 2003 SLECHTVALK began performing live, wearing medieval costumes and armour. Due to its unique live-appearance, the band recorded a live-show in 2004, which was released together with the 3rd album 'At The Dawn Of War' in 2005.
Between 2006 and 2008 the band underwent some line-up changes, although the group still did some small tours with bands such as MÅNEGARM, SKYFORGER and SUIDAKRA.
In 2009 SLECHTVALK signed with WHIRLWIND RECORDS celebrating their 10th anniversary with the compilation album 'An Era Of Bloodshed'. The band released their 4th album 'A Forlorn Throne' in 2010, which was produced by Johan Örnborg (Studio Mega) and mixed & mastered by Jens Bogren (Fascination Street). This album featured guest-vocals by Erik Grawsjö (MÅNEGARM) on several tracks and artwork by Raymond Swanland (known for his work on Magic: The Gathering).
Following the slow demise of WHIRLWIND RECORDS shortly after the release of 'A Forlorn Throne', the formation sent out submissions to various labels. Although they received some offers, the band decided it was better to record a new album first, because new work sparks the interests more than older work.
After having launching a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2015, SLECHTVALK recorded their new album 'Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide' with producer Lasse Lammert (known for his work on GLORYHAMMER, ALESTORM, SVARTSOT). The noble frontcover artwork was again done by Raymond Swanland.
During the years, SLECHTVALK has shared the stage with many renowned bands in the scene such as: CARACH ANGREN, ELUVEITIE, ENDSTILLE, GLORYHAMMER, HEIDEVOLK, KAMPFAR, MÅNEGARM, SKYFORGER, SUIDAKRA, SWALLOW THE SUN, TYR, VARG, VREID and many more…
December 20th, 2016
1. We Are 03:40
2. Asternas 06:33
3. Betrayed 04:12
4. March To Ruin 06:21
5. Nemesis 04:06
6. Rise Or Fall 04:38
7. The Shrouded Grief 05:14
8. Malagh Defiled 05:13
9. Wandering Shadows 08:48
10. Homebound 04:55
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