Sviatibor are a 1 man band from France that plays an ambient form of pagan/black metal and this is a review of his 2014 album "From Yav To Nav" which was released on cassette by Into The Night Records.
Ambient style synths start off the album and after awhile melodic guitar leads are added into the music and after the intro the music starts going for more of an atmospheric black metal sound along with some grim screams and the songs also mix the ambient elements with the black metal influences to create a very epic style of sound which also bring s in a great amount of melody.
You can hear a variety of many different sounding keys in the synths being utilized and when the music starts to speed up it bring s in more of a raw black metal style along with a good amount of blast beats and there is also a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts being utilized throughout the recording as well as a good amount of tracks that are very long and epic in length.
Spoken word parts can be heard in certain sections of the recording and they bring in a ritualistic feeling when they are utilized and as the album progresses the slower sections start bringing in more of a depressive atmosphere and there is also an instrumental on the recording that brings even more of a pagan atmosphere to the album while the following tracks return back to vocals and on the bonus track clean playing is added into the song and it also brings in more of a medieval feeling.
Sviathor plays a style of pagan/black metal that is very atmospheric and ambient orientated and you can also hear a great amount of raw, melodic and depressive elements being mixed into the sound to create a very heavy and epic sounding album, the production sounds very dark, raw and heavy while the lyrics cover Paganism and Nature themes.
In my opinion Sviathor are a very great sounding ambient pagan/black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Lost And Dying In The Forest" "Darkness Phenomenon" "Battle For The Gods" and "The Darkest Winter". 8 out of 10.