Saiva are a band from Sweden that has had an album reviewed before in this zine and plays a folk inspired form of black metal and this is a review of their 2013 ep "Finnmarkens folk" which will be re-issued in 2019 by Nordvis Produktion.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the ep while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams as well as some clean pagan vocals also being utilized at times and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style while blast beats are added into the faster sections of the music along with the tremolo picking giving the music more of a raw feeling as well as the songs also adding in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, whistles can also be heard briefly and when acoustic guitars are utilized they bring in elements of folk rock and folk instruments are added onto the closing track which is also an instrumental.
On this recording Saiva played a style of black metal that was very raw while also adding in elements of folk rock at times, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Swedish and cover Finnish Folklore, Nature and Paganism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Saiva and if you are a fan of folk inspired black metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "En forliden tid" and "Strofer ur ett fjarran skogsland". 8 out of 10.