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Review: Viter - Dzherelo

Label: Casus Belli Musica
Year released: 2010
Duration: 20:29
Tracks: 4
Genre: Folk Metal


Review online: November 13, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
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Rated 3.83/5 (76.67%) (6 Votes)

Dzherelo is the debut EP from these fruity little folk metal guys from Ukraine, Viter. Their sound is built up from what originally would have been black metal although these guys have fluffed it up so much that it would be wrong to call it black metal. There are still blast beats, and distorted guitars but they're very few and far between. Having said that, the actual metal moments on the album are all decent enough, but for the most part this is atmospheric folk music with metal elements.

It sounds like they decided to use every instrument they could get their hands on – fuck I'm sure I even heard a didgeridoo in there. The vocals are clean and low register, common of the clean vocals bands of this ilk utilize. I'm left with little to say about this as it's far out of my comfort zone, however I think I prefer the folky parts the most, and they actually verge on beautiful at times. This would be an ideal soundtrack to a trek through the woods. The ratio of folk to distorted guitars is around 65:35 with one of the four tracks being exclusively folk, although the title track gets going halfway through. Overall this isn't too bad and there are a few great melodies to be found throughout. Fans of this style would do well to check it out.

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