Ildra are a band from the United Kingdom that plays a pagan form of black metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "Edelland" which will be re-issued in March by Heidens Hart Records.
Acoustic guitars along with some other folk instruments start off the album before going into more of a heavier direction along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic fashion as well as the vocals being mostly grim black metal screams.
A decent amount of melody can be heard in the guitar riffing while back up shouts are also used at times along with some spoken word parts also being used at times as well as the solos and leads being done in a very melodic fashion and some of the tracks bring in clean pagan vocals.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length while a couple of the songs are instrumentals and when spoken word parts are utilized they give the music more of a medieval feeling along with the music sticking mostly to a slow or mid tempo direction, nature and battle sounds are also utilized briefly.
Ildra plays a style of pagan black metal that is also very heavily influenced by folk music, the production sounds very raw and heavy while t he lyrics cover Anglo Saxon Paganism, Heathenism, Heritage and Mythology themes.
In my opinion Ildra are a very great sounding folk inspired pagan black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Rice Æfter Oðrum" "Ofer Hwælweg we Comon" and "Swa Cwæð se Eardstapa". 8/5 out of 10.
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