Bland Vargar are a band from Italy that has been featured before in this zine that plays a very raw and epic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2014 cassette "Perpetual Return" which was released by Caligari Records.
Dark nature sounds and winds start off the album along with some classical guitars a few seconds later and after a minute the music starts going into a fast, raw and melodic black metal direction along with some grim high pitched screams as well as adding in blast beats as well as some melodic guitar leads shortly after that.
As the album progresses the band starts adding in a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as adding melodic clean singing vocals into certain sections of the recording and they also bring back the classical guitars at times to add more variety to their musical sound as well as bringing in elements of folk and progressive rock.
Whispers are utilized briefly and they bring another form of grimness into the bands musical style and on one of the later tracks during an acoustic song the band add s in a psychedelic sounding guitar lead and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length, after being in an acoustic direction for awhile the band does return full force to a melodic and raw black metal sound on the later tracks as well as adding in some very powerful sounding bass guitars and towards the end of the album the music returns back to a folk music direction.
Bland Vargar create a very diverse sounding album this time around remaining true to their raw and epic black metal sound while also having more progressive rock and folk music elements in their songs, the production has a very dark, heavy and powerful sound while the lyrics cover wolves, nature and inner struggles.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Bland Vargar and if you are a fan of raw and epic black metal. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Bruma (Of Wolf And The Hunt)" and "Requiem". 8/5 out of 10.