Hrafnblod are a band from England that h as had their most recent ep reviewed in this zine with a musical style that I would describe as being Heathen Metal with this ep having more of a black metal sound than their newer material and this is a review of their 2011 ep "The Quintessence Of Man" which was released by Wodfreca Records.
Drums range from slow to mid paced drumming with not much in the way of fast playing or blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.
Rhythm guitars range from slow to mid paced pagan/black metal riffs that utilize a good amount of melody and death metal influences, while the lead guitars when they are utilized are very melodic sounding guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking to bring a medieval atmosphere to the music.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some deep death metal growls being thrown into the music at times, while the lyrics cover Norse and English Paganism and Mythology, as for the production it has a very strong, raw, powerful and heavy sound to it.
In my opinion this is another great release from Hrafnblod which is a little bit different than their newer material and if you are a fan of pagan metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "I Met The Dragon" and "Across The Pagan Vastlands". RECOMMENDED BUY.