|Review: Yav' - Ehom Voli|
Label: Casus Belli Musica
Year released: 2010
Genre: Folk Metal
Review online: November 10, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)
Yav' is a one-man project by a guitar player going under the moniker of Finist. Armed with a bunch of hired guns he has put out the first Yav' album entitled Ehom Voli which translates to 'Echoes of Will.' As far as the actual music goes this has been labeled pagan metal but I hear a second rate Finnish melodic death metal band, from the Children of Bodom school of course. Albeit Yav's melodies are more folk-inspired and they have a few black metal style outbursts.
For the best part I have been left yawning and scratching my head. This style of music is commonplace and you need to be really good to stand out. The vocals are particularly bad, with the clean vocals sounding almost spoken, the delivery is terrible. At least the aggressive vocals are a touch better but that really isn't saying much. The music itself is well played, although undoubtedly derivative, however there are some cool riffs here and there that bring release from fighting with hitting the stop button.
To be honest though, once this album spins through this last time as I write this, I can't imagine myself listening to it again, and frankly I can't imagine many people finding enjoyment here. I guess if folk/black/melodic death/etc... is your favorite style you could find some fun with Ehom Voli. As far as I'm concerned though, I've heard this done better by other bands so I think I'll listen to them instead.
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