Sylvan Realm

Metal / R&B / MD / USA
Eclectic dark metal music pioneers Sylvan Realm is a band without boundaries or barriers in creating a higher caliber of otherworldly compositional soundscapes. stylistically Sylvan Realm infuses various elements of black metal, doom metal, progressive metal, 70' psychedelic rock, 80's heavy metal, death metal, trash metal, neo folk, and more. Sylvan realm is a progressive band in the sense that many elements from different styles of music are entwined to form a unique exquisite blend of dark intense music that sounds unlike anyone else. Rendering a refined crafted blend of music were each style comes together to create a sophisticated compositional flow in each song. but Instead of reinventing the wheel by mixing various style, Sylvan Realm holds the touch to further explore down the path of uncharted territories. The results equal a truly original approach of breaking down the barriers in metal while at the same time still paying homage to the bands who have laid down the foundations. Sylvan Realm has recently unleashed its 1st full length album titled "The Lodge Of Transcendence". Sylvan Realm arose from the ashes of the melodic black/death metal band Reverie that was formed in 2003 and put out one full length album titled "Isolation" in 2007. Since then band founder Sylvan relocated from the rocky mountains of Montana to Maryland. In 2010 Sylvan changed the bands name to Sylvan Realm and recruited Evan Madden (Woods of Ypres, The Green Evening Requiem, Woe) to unleash his musical vision behind the drums and Jason "Deathdancer" Eckert (Aurora Borealis, Todesbonden, Rain Fell Within) for his mastery of the bass. While Sylvan preformed Vocals, guitars, and created the album art work. Both "The Lodge of Transcendence" by Sylvan Realm and "isolation" by Reverie have been released, and distributed through Sylvan's own Reverie Recordings label. The Lodge of Transcendence is a concept album based upon unlocking cosmic gateways found deep within nature. Ultimately reaching enlightenment of the minds eye after traveling through everything, nothing, infinite light, infinite darkness, and completing the voyage beyond dualism to veer the microcosm into the macrocosm, and the macrocosm into the microcosm. The album was written over a four year time frame, were each song was crafted to be a composition with multiple movements, styles, and changes in mood. Overall The Lodge of Transcendence takes some time to fully absorb and is not a work with immediate results such as a David Lynch film. The album was intentionally written were each song flows into the next song and picks up were the last song left off creating one ongoing concept that feels more like one conceptual composition instead of mere collection of songs. Other then the above mentioned concept that The Lodge of Transcendence is based upon, the inspiration behind Sylvan Realm comes from the following sources: isolation, the cosmos, vast landscapes, abandonment, misanthropy, metaphysics, dreams, enlightenment, astral traveling, naturalism, hidden truths, cosmic gateways to other dimensions, reaching higher planes of spiritual awareness, and the spiritual realm within nature. The Lodge of Transcendence was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Ron Vento (Aurora Borealis) at Nightsky studio during October 2009 to January 2011 in Waldorf Maryland. The album was meticulously mixed and mastered on superb analog gear to create a organic, natural, atmospheric, and overall live sounding nostalgic production. Lastly here is some feedback that the album has received. Nocturnal Hall Magazine 9/10 Overall, SYLVAN REALM brings a unique approach to the table of metal. It's hard to pin point another band that sounds similar, some that come close are Woods Of Ypres, Opeth, and Agalloch. It is black metal entangled in a shroud of progressive and dark metal. The Lodge Of Transcendence is a triumphant first release for this band and I can't wait to hear what they do with the next album. A dead spot of light Magazine 87/100 The Lodge of Transcendence is an excellent release in many respects and sets the barrier extremely high for the things to come. The easiness, with which the band transgresses all barriers of conventionality and combines them on their debut into an eclectic showbag that contains something for a lot of people, is fascinating indeed. Extreme metal on a high level, loaded with sweet riffs and ideas, as well as an attitude to try something fresh. Nothing but highly recommended. redstream records "This amazing Montana based outfit, located in an area of Outstanding beauty has been able to crystallize the essence itself of magnificence and transpose it on music with a unparalleled brilliance. You can see the crystalline snowcovered summit unveiling their majestic presence behind a curtain of dreary clouds and purple mists." The End Records "Excellent dark metal that is cosmic, philosophical, conceptual and hypnotic. 'The Lodge of Transcendence' carries the distinctive atmosphere of underground Euro metal circa 1994 or so, similar in vibe to the early mid '90s work of bands like Katatonia, Rotting Christ, Nightfall and Dark Tranquillity, yet those are just general reference points. Sylvan Realm is a unique entity all its own" More Links: