Molphar are a band from Ukraine that plays a pagan form of black metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Ice Kingdom" which was released by Vacula Productions.
Drum beats along with some powerful sounding bass guitars start off the album before going into more of a heavier direction which also introduces melodic guitar leads onto the recording while the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody and the vocals bring in a mixture of death metal growls and black metal screams.
Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the faster sections of the songs bring in a decent amount of blast beats along with some tremolo picking which also gives the songs a more raw feeling and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion while some songs also bring in a small amount of acoustic guitars along a brief use of whispered vocals and you can also hear a great amount of 90's European black metal influences throughout the recording but done with a more modern fashion.
Molphar plays a style of pagan black metal that is very raw, melodic and epic sounding while also mixing in a good amount of death metal influences, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Norse/Slavic Paganism, Heathen Wrath and Romantism themes.
In my opinion Molphar are a very great sounding pagan black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Destiny Of Warrior" "Wild Hunt" and "Immortality". 8 out of 10.