Ildverden are a solo project from Ukraine that plays a pagan form of black metal and this is a review of his 2015 album "Temnich Black /is Me" which was released as a joint effort between Satanath Records and Pagan Flames Productions.
Atmospheric keyboards and firewood burning start off the album and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and once the music gets heavy it goes into a very fast and raw black metal along with a great amount of blast beats and grim screams and the songs bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Keyboards mix in with the heavier parts quite a bit throughout the recording and the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's second wave style being more close to the Polish or Slavic style of that era and also brings in a decent amount of melodies at times and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and when guitar leads are utilized briefly they are done in a more raw and melodic direction and one of the tracks brings in a brief use of folk instruments and clean playing while the album closes with a cover of Satyricon's "The Wolfpack".
Ildverden plays a style of pagan black metal that is very raw and atmospheric as well as bringing back some of the mid 90's Eastern European style, the production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics are written in Ukrainian and cover Paganism themes.
In my opinion Ildverden are a very great sounding pagan black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dark Swirl Dalych" and "The Flash Of Lightning In Their Eyes". 8 out of 10.