Paganland are a band from Ukraine that has been featured before in this zine and plays a pagan form of black metal and this is a review of their 2018 live album "XX Years Of Paganland" which will be released on July 31st by Azermedoth Records.
A keyboard orientated intro starts off the album while also introducing acoustic guitars onto the recording with the keyboards also mixing into the heavier sections of the songs at times while the faster sections of the songs also use a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music a more raw feeling.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the band also interacting with the audience at times as well as the songs also mixing in elements of folk music, melodies can also be heard in some of the riffing and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
On this live recording Paganland remains true to their epic style of pagan black metal, the production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover Slavic Paganism and the runes o the Veles book and runic manuscripts from the library of Anna Yaroslavna.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Paganland and if you are a fan of pagan black metal, you should check out this live album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "At The Heart Of The Carpathians" "Black Mountain" and "The Gloom". 8 out of 10.