Since 2005, Greece's SAD have been a madly prolific bastion of pure 'n' cold black metal. Their canon is vast and varied - VERY relatively so, given that this is all-caps BLACK METAL after all - with the longstanding duo of instrumentalist Ungod and vocalist Nadir exploring the darkest corridors of their souls every step of the way. They've done so across a half-dozen albums for such esteemed labels as Drakkar, Obscure Abhorrence, and Old Temple among others as well as a dozen splits, and now they join forces with the PURITY THROUGH FIRE stronghold to deliver their most ancient work yet: Misty Breath of Ancient Forests. \n \nEver aptly titled, Misty Breath of Ancient Forests is the sound of SAD at their most Nordic and '90s: a firm FUCK OFF to modernity, both in black metal and mankind in general. Fiery is their surge and yet somehow lifeless simultaneously - or more accurately, anti-life - and so, too, do their riffing ring out with hatred and misery, both inward and outward. However, across the seven-song/55-minute duration of Misty Breath of Ancient Forests will one find SAD striking upon more epic territory, especially as the album continues, the two parts of the title track serving as mysticism-drenched gates to forgotten realms and unblemished landscapes..