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Review: Stozhar - Glory to Perun!
Glory to Perun!

Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2014
Duration: 34:37
Tracks: 9
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: June 21, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Glory to Perun!

Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)

The Russian underground Metal scene has become known for its vast field of Folk Metal and this 5-piece act from Yaroslavl called Stozhar is yet another band making the attempt to please the Folk Metal people with their second album, Glory to Perun!.

Stozhar's lyrics are in Russian and the vocals are shared by Yarosvet (male) and Evgenia (female). Yarosvet's responsibility is to snarl like a vicious troll while Evgenia brings softly sung, clean vocals to balance things out and bring lightness to Stozhar's otherwise surprisingly dark, ominous and at times even melancholic Folk Metal. Stozhar has many fast, up-tempo moments within the band's easy-flowing Folk Metal however they give plenty of space to the bagpipe, violin and flute in the mid-tempo parts.

Glory to Perun! is a grand example of a well-crafted Folk Metal album, sort of. All the basic elements of Folk Metal can be found on this album which should be enough for the fans of this genre. However, Stozhar's "play-it-safe" Folk Metal lacks originality and any attempt to differ from the masses. As I said earlier, there's absolutely nothing wrong with this record it just doesn't have wings big enough to carry it over the horizon.

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