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Review: Alatyr - Alatyr

Label: Candarian Demon Productions
Year released: 2007
Duration: 48:31
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: June 27, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (12 Votes)

Hailing from Slovakia, Alatyr were the first band to be snapped up on the relatively new underground black metal label Candarian Demon Productions. Formed by Igric and Striibog, this is the band's first official release, and what a hell of a trip down a misty moonlit path of top quality despondent, bleak and misanthropic black metal it is.

Kicking off with a bleak ambient introduction, things quickly become several shades greyer when the black metal par excellence begins to shiver from your speakers like some tortured, morbid spirit. There is a fair amount of well used ambient sections throughout the album, utilized very much in the vein Vinterriket, but with the deep seated morose chill of early Burzum and Wigrid. Vocally, it features horrific screams all the way, reminiscent of the shrill un-human scream of Nattramn from Swedish audio terrorists Silencer on quite a few occasions. However, rather than being a smoking riff-fest of a black metal album - this album is all about atmosphere, conjuring images of frozen haunted forests, vast monochromatic landscapes and sheer isolation through the medium of mid-paced fizzing guitar work, trudging programmed drums and throat stripping vocals telling tales of treachery, pain and hatred.

Apart from being grim, true and fantastically proficient for a band releasing their debut album, Alatyr are a entity who manage to hold your attention effortlessly with their strikingly dour vision upon first listen, with each further listen becoming more and more captivating, unfolding like a fantastic novel. If this sort of thing's up your street, take it from me that this is well worth your investigation.

Track Listing:
  1. Alatyr (Intro)
  2. Burka
  3. Popol
  4. Priepast
  5. Hviezdy
  6. Prazdnota
  7. Transylvanian Hunger (Darkthrone cover)
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