Svirnath – Il regno della natura

In terms of low budget black metal that covers the theme of the beauty of nature, you’re not going to find much better than this. The acoustic guitars are absolutely superb, I can feel the soaring, inspiring riffs of the guitars in my blood, and the entire listen was an extremely joyfull experience that made me grateful to be in an area so full of wonderful nature beauty (Oregon). I’m very weary of black metal albums with real life color photos as the cover, but this made me a believer, at least for now. The only issue I have is the synths, which I felt were just to hollow and empty. I also think, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, that the nature recordings they used during the intro should’ve been used more as a theme throughout the whole album. There’s a lot to like here, just don’t expect a highly produced master piece. Though again, what better way to display the beauty of nature than with a recording that’s much more down to earth?


8/10

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6ZE3o1dluE&feature=youtu.be

https://svirnath.bandcamp.com/

Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik’s Skuggsjá – Skuggsjá: A Piece for Mind & Mirror

It’s really not fair. Folk metal isn’t exactly my favorite genre but I absolutely have a massive bias to really authentic sounding folk metal. This doesn’t give me any sort of eargasm that i look for in the 9/10 ratings, but it’s just god damn solid and well made all around, as well as taking a concept and executing it to the highest degree possible, that I can’t not give this that score. This is some of the most well thought out, least cheesy folk metal I have ever heard. A must listen.


9/10