Pojhast are an international band with members from Canada, Finland and Estonia that plays a Nordic style of viking/black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Matused" which was released by Stormspell Records.
A very distorted guitar lead and tribal style drums start off the album before adding in more heavy and melodic parts along with a great amount of clean singing viking metal vocals and the music has a lot of Viking era Bathory influences in it and most of the music sticks to mostly a slow or mid paced musical direction.
Unlike with the previous album which focused more on a Norwegian influenced style of frostbitten black metal the music goes for more of a pure pagan/viking metal direction along this recording and you can also hear a touch of doom metal in the bands musical style and the solos and leads the band uses stick to a very melodic musical direction and a couple of the later songs also bring in a brief use of acoustic guitars and spoken word parts while the last track is long and epic in length
Pohjast move away from the black metal sound of the previous material and creates a pure and melodic style of viking metal on this recording while also bringing in a heavier approach to the genre, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Nordic Paganism, darkness and nature themes.
In my opinion Pohjast are a very great sounding viking metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Rune Of Dissolution" and "In The Shadow of The Glass Cross". 8 out of 10.