Protean are a band from Latvia that plays a very epic form of pagan/black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "The Burning Centuries" which was released by Beverina Productions.
A very hard and heavy guitar sound starts off the album and after a few seconds grim screams are added into the music that also almost border on growls at times as well as some melodies being added into the music in both the rhythms and guitar leads while the vocals also get somewhat melodic at times while still having a roughness to them.
Elements of death metal can be heard in the music at times while spoken word parts can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and when synths are utilized they give the songs more of an epic feeling and a great portion of the tracks are also very long and epic in length and when chants are utilized they give the music more of a pagan atmosphere.
When the music speeds up it brings in more of a raw style of black metal along with a small amount of blast beats and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the album progresses clean guitars along with folk instruments can be heard in some of the songs and towards the end melodic clean singing makes its presence known while some riffs also start displaying an influence of thrash.
Protean plays a style of pagan metal that is very epic while also bringing in elements of black and death metal to create an original recording, the production sound s very professional while the lyrics cover the Punic Wars, Northmen Sagas, Latvian Mythology, and Legends of Foreign Sorceror lords.
In my opinion Protean are a very great sounding epic pagan/black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Black Army" "Swordwraith" and "Sorceror Baron". 8 out of 10.