Sivyj Yar are a 1 man band from Russia that plays an epic and atmospheric form of pagan/black metal and this is a review of his 2014 album "From The Dead Villages Darkness" which will be released on October 20th by Avantgarde Music.
A very dark, medieval and epic sound starts off the album and after the brief into the music starts going into more of a pagan/black metal musical direction which also starts incorporating some melody after a few seconds as well as getting more atmospheric and when vocals are added into the music they are very grim sounding black metal screams that also have a very depressive tone to them at times.
When acoustic guitars are added into certain sections of the recording they add in traces of both folk and progressive music as well as adding in a small amount of violins at times while the lead guitars and solos stick to mostly a melodic musical direction and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with most of the tracks being very long and epic in length.
A small amount of blast beats can be heard in certain sections of the recording and at times you can hear a small amount of spoken word parts in the songs foe a few seconds and when the music speeds up you can hear the more raw side of black metal being added onto the album and they start having more of a powerful sounding presence as the album progresses and at times you can also hear a touch of post black metal in the music.
Sivyj Yar creates a very epic style of pagan/black metal with his musical style taking the raw, melodic, atmospheric and depressive sides of the genre and adding in elements of folk, progressive and pagan metal to create a sound of his own, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover Slavonic Mythology, Paganism and poetry themes.
In my opinion Sivyj Yar are a very great sounding epic pagan/black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Now Only Abyss hears us" and "Distant haze Was Arising". 8 out of 10.