Russia's Volkolak have returned with a new recording which shows them once again moving away from the ns black metal style and focusing more on a pagan folk music style and this is a review of their 2016 album "Ice Hike & Tales Of The Old Wolf" which was released by Crush The Desert Records.
Slavic style folk instruments along with acoustic guitars which also uses a good mixture of full chords and finger picking start off the album and on the second track clean singing vocals are added into the music and the songs also bring in a medieval and pagan atmosphere and back up chants can also be heard at times.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and the songs also bring in a decent amount of flutes, mandolins, and harps and there is also a brief use of bag pipes and one track brings in female vocals and one of the tracks is long and epic in length and while no heavy parts are ever utilized a lot of the music does capture the atmosphere of folk and pagan metal.
Volkolak creates another recording that continues the pagan/folk music style they had established on the last release, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Russian and cover Slavic and Norse Paganism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Volkolak and if you are a fan of pagan/folk music, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Borned By Volkolak" "I Remember" "Winter's Time" and "From Brother To Enemy". 8 out of 10.