Hetman are a solo project from Ukraine that plays a folk and ethnic influenced form of pagan/black metal and this is a review of his 2017 album "Sewn From The Ashes Book" which will be released in December by Svarga Music.
Heavy riffs along with some atmospheric synths start off the album while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them as well as the solos and leads being done in a very melodic fashion and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard.
Vocals are mostly grim yet angry black metal screams that are very easy to understand as well as having their clean and melodic moments while the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody along with all of the tracks being very long and epic in length and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts..
During the faster sections of the songs the riffs also use tremolo picking which also gives the songs a more raw feeling, when acoustic guitars and stringed instruments are utilized they add elements of folk music onto the recording and as the album progresses some parts of songs add in touches of ethnic music.
Hetman plays a style of pagan/black metal that is very melodic and epic sounding while also mixing in elements of folk and ethnic music to create something very original, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Ukrainian, Ethnic and Worldwide Literature themes.
In my opinion Hetman are a very great sounding ethnic and folk influenced pagan/black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Gateway" "Remember Who We Are" and "To The Heart Of Everyone". 8 out of 10.