While I'm providing this digital version for those that don't have access to a record player, this album was always meant to be a vinyl release so to get the full experience I highly recommend picking up the vinyl from Fragile Branch Recordings. A download card is included if you purchase the LP. Available at fragilebranch.com?product=twilight-fauna-hymns-of-a-forgotten-homeland-lp
This album is dedicated to the people and forests of Appalachia, the place that I will always call home. I wanted to paint a picture of the many facets of life in rural Appalachia. I did not censor myself so everything is there, from the beauty of the natural environment to the Appalachian people who contain the potential to be both courageous and self-destructive. This place made me who I am and for that I am eternally grateful.
Black Metal and Brews: "In addition to the swirling turmoil of guitars and earthen emotion that make for Ravenwood’s uniquely Appalachian sound, there are strong elements of traditional regional folk and even a hint of southern rock that creep in to make this record familiar for fans of Twilight Fauna while still carving out entirely new territory...Twilight Fauna’s growing name and the label’s reputation for pure quality leave me certain that this is worth grabbing sooner than later.
Lachryma Christi: "Hymns of a Forgotten Homeland is one of those things that you have to experience, it is very difficult to put into words, so strange and genius it is."
Intravenous Magazine: "Sitting somewhere between neofolk and post-depressive black metal. Its a combination that is dark and abrasive yet strangely hypnotic."
Unappreciated Scholars: "This will change your perception of music from the Appalachian Mountains."
This Noise is Ours: "Most people are used to black metal being loud and raw but it’s not all about that here. Twilight Fauna seems to have transcended that and moved on with Ravenwood’s influence taking more of a controlling seat. Metal’s many sub-genres need progressions and experimentation and black metal is no different. Here, Twilight Fauna has created a record full of emotion and genuine inspiration. One that, without being elitist or obtuse, gives the listener something that they’ve perhaps been missing."
released 15 July 2014
All instruments, vocals, recording, mixing, and mastering by Ravenwood. Sarah Ogan Gunning sample taken from the documentary Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning courtesy of Appalshop Inc. Whitesburg Ky. All other samples taken by Ravenwood in the mountains of Tennessee. Released by Fragile Branch Records.