Finnish Neofolk / Ambient project NEST by Aslak Tolonen and Timo Saxell, well known far beyond the mentioned genres. Every connoisseur Agalloch, remembers beautiful split Agalloch / Nest from 2004 , which is literally killing its brevity, fans Skepticism likely heard interpretation «The Gallant Crow» from Nest. Aslak Tolonen had to take part in groups Shape Of Despair, Todesbonden, Tevana3, Tuonenpolku, Where Rivers End, and of course Syven, new main project by Aslak Tolonen .
In addition to the atmospheric ambient landscapes, like musical reflections of paintings Asloka plot compositions revealed through the fragile beauty of melodies of kantele ( Finnish ancient plucked stringed instrument). In fact, the kantele one of the primary assets of the project, giving it a unique, fabulous sound and atmosphere. Once again, you should get the fact that Aslak extraordinary painter and his admiration for nature he expressed not only through music , but also through pictures. We can say that Nest audiovisual project because almost every track exists illustration and one complements the other.
Existed for a little over 10 years, recording two full-length albums "Woodsmoke" ('03) and the "Trail of the Unwary" ('07), Nest has ceased to exist and Aslok now focused on a new project Syven. Nevertheless, music Nest is still relevant, all published records sold out long time ago. It was logical to summarize project anthology of creative activity, which becomes release IF- 40 : NEST - "Within a decade".
This edition we prepared about 2.5 years, and here you will find not only all the music ever recorded by NEST, including tracks from compilations, demos, covers, full-length albums, as a result of more than 3,1/4 hours, but also all the illustrations painted by Aslok, fit 22-page booklet .
Trail of the Unwary (CD '07):
8/10 Evening of Light
9/10 Heathen Harvest
9/10 - Lunar Hypnosis
7/10 - RockLine.it
8/10 - Aversionline
"As it stands this is the best acoustic metal I've heard for almost a decade. If you like Empyrium or any acoustic ambient at all, I recommend giving it a try." -hibernal_dream
Nest may not be the only band in this, but it certainly has outputted one of the best albums of this business. It is highly recommended by me. - Melo's Prog Bazaar
"All in all, this is a most worthwhile record for those of you looking for a few much-needed moments of solitude in the chaos and confusion of modern life. Listen to this album with headphones, and even those among you who have no imagination at all will find themselves strolling through the mysterious Finnish woods, living a life we have quite forgotten about. And before I forget: the artwork is marvelous! A. Tolonen himself paints the illustrations of all Nest albums, and they are well worth it. An excellent reason on itself to buy it, instead of download." - p.surrealm
Woodsmoke (CD '03)
"Taken as a whole this is one of the most exhilarating and imaginative releases to come my way in a long time. This band is on the right trail to becoming one of the most exciting and original folk bands out there today." 9,5/10 Lunar Hypnosis
"This, my friends, is an ode to our mystic landscapes in the far northern regions of the world. While Nest does not feature any hard-pounding guitars or percussion (at least, not much), this will attract many if not... all metal music lovers!
For fans into Agalloch, Tenhi, Empyrium, or any acoustic/ambient music. Beautiful and dreamy!!" - 92/100 - Metal Fanatix
"And somewhere, deep in the darkness of the forest, the music plays on... " - 10/10 The Metal Observer
9/13 - Ad Arma
7/10 – Imperiumi
5/5 – DarkCity
8/10 - Inferno
8,3/10 - RockLine.it
9/10 - Kuolleen Musiikin Yhdistys
9,5/10 - Pimento
10/10 - Moonshadow
Fabled Lore (demo '00)
"A fabulous release, majestic meditative music with an impressive artwork. Totally inspired by nature and folk tales, "Fabled Lore" will bring the Northern coldness in your hearts." - Bylec-Tum #8
"Everyone who likes atmospheric and dreaming music should discover this great artist." - 8/10 - Crypta Nivis
"This is certainly not metal, but it is most definitely one of the best folk/ambient recordings I've ever heard. I can't wait to hear more! Fans of later Summoning would also dig this." - Eternal Frost Extreme Music Webzine
"I must say that this record/demo surprised my hardened critic's senses, such pure emotions and strong sense of athmosphere. I predict a great future for Nest, get this demo and you will see. Sub-Fennica approves!" - 4/5 - Sub-Fennica Issue III
8/10 - Crypta Nivis
5/6 - Vae Solis webmagazine
“Building of the Nest began in summer 1999. The materials used for building were decided early on, and we agreed that atmospheric acoustic and ambient would provide the best natural qualities to sustain us though the challenges of the Finnish wilderness.
Nest's first offering, a demo going by the name of 'Fabled Lore' was released in 2000. The feedback was surprisingly positive so we had no reason not to continue. This also brought us to our next challenge, which was to get our music professionally released, and surprisingly enough that happened when we got a chance to release our next offering 'Hidden Stream' on a split CD with a Norvegian melodic Black Metal band Isafjord in 2001.
Next in the line of things growing in the Nest was our first full-length album 'Woodsmoke'. This landmark in our history was released in 2003 by Corvus Records with whom we've stayed since. It was also celebrated with a couple of gigs supporting none other than Tenhi. Following this the Nestlings took time to perform elswhere too, and A.T. ended up playing the kantele on Shape of Despair's 'Illusions' Play' album before returning to the Nest to release a split 10" vinyl with Agalloch in 2004 - an album which was noted for being as visually pleasing as it was aurally.
Afterwards Nest took it's time to evolve and hone their output. We spent a couple of years composing new material that honestly ended up as the strongest we've done yet. Everything we had done before went under review and we improved everything we could to the best of our abilities. The fruits of this labor can be heard in the 2007 album 'Trail of the Unwary', and also on a special Skepticism tribute album for which we made our own interpretation of 'The Gallant Crow'.” A. Tolonen