Varmia are a band from Poland that plays a pagan form of black metal with some elements of folk music and this is a review of their 2017 album "Z Mar Twych" which will be released on cassette May 26th by Folkvangr Records.
Acoustic guitars start off the album and they also bring in elements of folk music and melodic pagan vocals are added onto the recording after awhile and after the intro the music goes into a heavier and darker direction along with the riffs also utilizing a great amount of melody.
Pagan vocals and folk music elements are also added into the heavier sections of the songs and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the music a more raw feeling along with the vocals being grim yet high pitched black metal screams.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a few death metal growls and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic fashion and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and as the album progresses folk instruments can be heard briefly.
Varmia plays a style of pagan black metal that is very raw while also mixing in elements of folk music, the production sounds very raw yet powerful at the same time while the lyrics are written in Polish and cover Slavic Paganism.
In my opinion Varmia are a very great sounding pagan/black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this cassette. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Slava" "Gorej" and "In Tenebris". 8 out of 10.