|Review: Sivyj Yar - Burial Shrouds|
Label: Avantgarde Music
Year released: 2015
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: October 9, 2015
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
It's not often I'm blown away by one-man Black Metal projects these days, but I just can't deny the yearning majesty of Sivyj Yar, which is the work of Russian mastermind Vladimir. Burial Shrouds is his fifth full-length, arriving a year after the seminal From The Dead Villages' Darkness, and it's both a denser and more accessible work that rewards repeated listens. While the last album sounded like it was crafted by the tortured screams of the Russian womenfolk during the black plague, Burial Shrouds sounds like the final tortured notes of a suicidal genius. The album is driven by sad, intricate melodies on both clean and distorted guitars, layered with wandering bass and accomplished skill behind the kit. Vladimir pours his heart out over the top in a melancholic howl that tears your heart to shreds.
The production here isn't as dusty as the last album, allowing the cleaner segments to fly free of the distortion and get on with the job of ripping you apart with sorrow. There are only six tunes on here, the longest being the mournful closer "The Snow Shall Fall A Long While", but it's best to sit back and let the album sink in as a whole. Atmospheric, melodic, and painfully desolate, this is Sivyj Yar.
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