Beorn's Hall are a duo from New Hampshire that has had an album reviewed before in this zine and plays and epic form of pagan black metal with elements of folk music and this is a review of their 2018 album "Estuary" which will be released in February by Naturmacht Productions.
Battle sounds and melodic chants start off the album before adding in acoustic guitars and folk instruments while keyboards are also used at times along with spoken word parts also being used briefly which also takes the music into a heavier direction as well as retaining the folk and atmospheric elements.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams along with some clean pagan vocals also being used briefly and when the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the music a more raw feeling and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the riffs also bring in a decent amount of melody along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and when guitar leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic fashion.
On this recording Beorn's Hall remains true to their pagan style of black metal while also adding in more folk elements this time around to take their music to a different level, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Paganism and Nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Beorn's Hall and if you are a fan of pagan black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dark Wood-Black Marsh" "The Nurturing Soil" and "Roads Go On Forever". 8/5 out of 10.