Sivyj Jar are a solo project from Russia that has been featured before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of pagan black metal and this is a review of his 2015 album "Burial Shrouds" which was released by Avantgarde Music.
A very epic and medieval sound starts off the album and after the intro clean playing and drum beats are brought in before going into more of a heavier pagan/black metal direction along with some melodies and atmospheric elements and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the fast parts bring in a great amount of raw aggression and blast beats.
Vocals are mostly done the angry black metal shouting direction and when solos are utilized they are done in more of a melodic direction and spoken word parts can be heard in certain sections of the recording along with most of the tracks being very long and epic in length and some songs also bring in a small amount of synths and folk instruments.
Most of the music is rooted mostly in a modern black metal style along with the songs heavy a perfect balance between both clean and heavy parts and as the album progresses the vocals also start utilizing more high pitched depressive black metal screams and some of the melodies also add in a touch of post black metal and a couple of the tracks brings in a brief use of spoken word samples and the last song also brings in a view seconds of melodic female pagan chants.
Sivyj Yar plays a style of pagan black metal on this recording that is very melodic, progressive and atmospheric while still also having its raw moments, the production sounds very dark yet powerful at the same time while the lyrics cover Russian Paganism.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Sivyj Yar and if you are a fan of pagan black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Burial Shrouds" and "The Snow Shall Fall For A Long While". 8 out of 10.