|Review: Leshak - Chertovorot|
Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2009
Genre: Folk Metal
Review online: September 7, 2010
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Over the last few years I've learned to appreciate Folk Metal more and more. Whether it be almost completely Black with just a hint of folk instrumentation or nearly Traditional Metal with any number of flutes, bagpipes, accordions and such, Folk Metal is nearly always interesting, if not good. Leshak's Chertovorot is both interesting and good, thankfully.
Hailing from Russia and focusing on Slavic mythology, Leshak combine Death growls from vocalist Sergey Frontline with Metal that is firmly in the Heavy/Thrash genre in its riffs and basic structure. Thrown on top are some almost Epic passages along with a healthy dose of flute courtesy of Ann "Zuks." Honestly, if the flute bothers you, you're not going to enjoy Chertovorot. I, on the other hand, really like the interplay between the flutes and guitars. The melodies are interwoven quite skillfully. The lyrics are in Russian, but Frontline's low pitched growls would probably be indecipherable in any language. His performance neither adds nor detracts from Chertovorot's sound. The band is very tight and has some great chops. There are a couple of songs where the "old" and "modern" instrumentation don't quite work. For instance, what sound like kazoos on the title track are oddly out of place against the Thrashing guitar and guttural vocals.
Despite not having any real killer tracks, Chertovorot is a well played, fun listen. A little more experience as songwriters should allow Leshak to make some waves in the ocean of Folk Metal.
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