Cruz Del Sur Music
The venerable DARK FOREST returns with the five-song "Ridge & Furrow" EP that celebrates their immaculate history and sets the stage for future melodic metal triumphs!
The United Kingdom’s DARK FOREST has followed a single guiding principle throughout their 20 years as a band: Create and play the music they enjoy. There are no delusions of grandeur, no scene ladder-climbing and no jumping on the latest trends. DARK FOREST — founded and led by guitarist Christian Horton — has struck the subtle balance between following their creative whims and occasionally pushing the boundaries of their sound, which, over the course of a demo, three EPs and five long-players, have cemented their status as one of their home country’s finest purveyors of traditional metal. Now with their 20th anniversary upon them, Horton, along with vocalist Josh Winnard, second guitarist Patrick Jenkins and drummer Adam Sidaway, are bringing out the five-song "Ridge & Furrow" EP to ring in the occasion.
Recorded at Hellfire Studios in the Midlands of England with producer Ajeet Gill, "Ridge & Furrow" features four new DARK FOREST songs and a re-recording of longtime fan favorite, “Under the Greenwood Tree". The EP was created during Horton’s unexpected downtime during the global pandemic and represents a broad swath of DARK FOREST’s sonic spectrum — the guitarist even sees it as a “condensed version” of a full-length that prompted the band to include a healthy variety of songs. Indeed "Ridge & Furrow" gathers and celebrates the band’s ever-present and deft use of melody, epic song construction and heroic, anthemic choruses. And, the re-recording of “Under the Greenwood Tree” (initially heard on 2011’s "Dawn of Infinity") is the perfect nod to the band’s past — a brilliant summation of the spirit of DARK FOREST that now features vocals from Winnard and guitar playing from Jenkins.
The "Ridge & Furrow" cover art was created by Horton, a direct throwback to the band’s early days when the guitarist was handling the task. There is a stylistic and compositional continuity between the "Ridge & Furrow" art and the band’s 2009 self-titled debut album. Since the EP’s lyrical themes center around nature and landscape — namely how the land can speak and provide insights and clarity for a person’s inner-life — Horton created the artwork based on an inner landscape depicted as fields, hills, foliage and standing stones that also hold symbolic meaning for him.
But for Horton, DARK FOREST’s 20th anniversary goes beyond "Ridge & Furrow". It has prompted reflection on his love of metal and rock, which started at an early age with his parents’ Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin records. The discovery of Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden set him on a new path, with Maiden quickly becoming his favorite band and remaining as such to this day. They have served as the guide for DARK FOREST as they navigated the U.K. underground scene, first by releasing the 2004 "Succubus" demo, then the "Fear Dearg" and "Phantoms of the Sea" EPs in 2007. DARK FOREST eventually graduated to the stages of London, England, then to the European festival circuit, where, to the band’s surprise, they had fans waiting to sing their songs back to them. "Ridge & Furrow" commemorates it all while looking ahead to what is no doubt a bright future for DARK FOREST.
"Skylark" - Official Lyric Video: https://youtu.be/3bZi_SxzSIg
2. The Golden Acre
3. Ridge & Furrow
5. Under the Greenwood tree
Josh Winnard - Vocals
Christian Horton - Guitar
Patrick Jenkins - Guitar
Adam Sidaway - Drums
Fear Dearg (EP - 2007)
Phantoms of the Sea ( EP-2007)
Dark Forest (CD/LP- 2009)
Defender (EP - 2009)
Dawn Of Infinity (CD/LP -2011)
The Awakening (CD/LP - 2014)
Beyond the Veil (CD/DLP – 2016)
Oak, Ash & Thorn (CD/LP – 2020)
Ridge & Furrow (MCD / MLP - 2022)