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Review: Protokult - Marzena

Label: Independent
Year released: 2011
Duration: 29:51
Tracks: 6
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: March 31, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4.67/5 (93.33%) (3 Votes)

I think this is an EP, but I'm not positive. I really liked Protokult's self-released debut Ancestral Anthems, and so I was looking forward to more atmospheric heaviness from this indie band. I have to say, despite wanting to, that I don't like this very much.

Protokult have gone a long way towards becoming more like other folk bands, incorporating real flutes and pipes, female and clean vocals, polka melodies, and all the other shit about modern Folk Metal that I don't fucking like. Their riffs are still pretty badass, and when they can stay heavy, as on "Green Light", their music is pretty awesome, but this album is so infested with the stigmata of trendy folk garbage that I just cannot stand it. The compositions are a mishmash of sounds and tones, never managing a real mood or atmosphere besides "we are getting folky as fuck over here."

I wanted to like this, but I don't. If this is the way Protokult want to go, then good luck to them, but I won't be coming along.

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Review: Ancestral Anthems (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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