Music has reprinted the first effort by the Russian duo, which session
drums recorded in 2004 have been added to. This episode is much farther
from their future recordings, more haunted and damned, although already
teeming with majestic and atmospherical parts.
Following the fairy-taled "Intro",
the title track consists in a long cauldron embodying glacial and harmful
Black with fond elements and female whispered clean vocals, surrounded
by sheer strength bursts. The imperious riffs would be Death, but the
sounds and the tuning are definitely blackened, matched with suffered
and onirical bridges between guitar and keyboards.
A very involving example of fast and diabolical Black is "Antihuman";
memorable are the slowed parts and the bell tolls after the guitar solos,
but what matters most to me is to stress out that this is one of the
tracks that enjoyed more the adding of human drums.
"Hail, Ragnarok!" corroborates my impression of this
album neing the more malignant and fierce of the three up to now recorded;
notwithstanding this, moments of Folk Black metal and symphonic flashes
are not missing, among which an operistic keyboards fugue.
For who is in search for intricated, twisted and semi-distorted riffs
and not only typical Black blastbeats, here's "Evil Is My Lifeforce";
that track really leads us to the core of the underworld hand in hand
with a hungry vampire, and the dread gets especially aroused by grisly
and spectral keyboards interventions.
And afterwards, the composition alone justifying the buying of the CD,
"To You, O Forest"; cemeterial keyboards suddenly turn
to romantic ones and paint the beauty of incontaminated nature, in a
word, Eden. Surprising is the effect that a shrewd use of keys may evoke!
A baroque beginning for the malicious and rough "The Triumph",
embellished by genial keyboards and an aura that will bring everyone
to a horrorific, if not necrophiliac, orgasm before the finalé
celebrating the victory over the enemy battalion.
The 1,000 shapes of Twilight Is Mine are all included in "Backwoods
Dreams": ethereal and dream-like till the male screams enter
on the scene; by listening carefully you'll also enjoy female witch
vocals calling from everywhere in the wood you're in. If a Russian Folk
Black metal current scene existed, then this would instantly become
The closure is entrusted to "The Lullaby In Storm",
not one of the most popular pieces by P. Tchaikovski, and indeed one
of his gloomier ones. Here you will find the evil Blacked version, which
lyrics were added to.
The straighter and more bestial material of the Russians, yet at the
same time very keyboards-oriented is this, and I suggest you not make
my mistake of listening to the other two albums first, or you'll appreciate
their evolution with more efforts.
Magic art to its purest state...
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20th December 2005