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Review: Sferslav - Lyn' zma Hmari
Lyn' zma Hmari

Label: Sonnenrune Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 16:54
Tracks: 4
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: March 26, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Lyn' zma Hmari

Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)

I can't find out much about Ukraine's Sferslav, except a brief blurb on their record label's website and their Myspace page, which is not only confusing (thanks, Myspace) but is in the band's native language. The label lists them as "Pagan Metal" while on Myspace, the band lists their genre as "Folk/other." That made reviewing their new EP, Lyn' zma Hmari, rather tricky. Many Pagan/Folk Metal bands are actually "metal" bands that add pagan lyrics and/or folk instrumentation. Sferslav are more like a folk band that has added metal elements, mainly in the song structures and some sparse electric guitars. Otherwise, Lyn' zma Hmari is mostly clean female vocals (nowhere can I find a band lineup), acoustic instruments and nature sound effects like birds or blowing wind.

While Lyn' zma Hmari is long on folk and all too short on metal, the atmosphere created by the band can be likened to many Black Metal bands that strive for the cold, loneliness of deserted forests and uninviting mountainsides. Just don't expect to be sonically abused while you're dreaming of walking in these places. Actually, you might find yourself dreaming, as the music is quite soothing. There are chord arrangements that are recognizably metal, but they are played acoustically or at least quietly on electric instruments. The songs themselves are very melodic but otherwise uninteresting.

Lyn' zma Hmari seems destined to be a fringe release, hanging around the edges of the metal world, more fodder for debate as to whether or not it is metal, than for much else. Only time will tell if Sferslav will embrace metal with more traditional songwriting or if they will be content to let the rest of us worry about categories and follow their own path.

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