Havukruunu are a duo that has been featured before in this zine and plays a pagan form of black metal and this is a review of their 2015 ep "Rautaa ja Tulu" which will be re-issued in April by Naturmacht Productions with 4 bonus tracks.
A very dark, heavy and raw sound starts off the album and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard and the vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams and you can also hear a decent amount of melody in the guitar riffing while t he faster riffing uses a great amount of tremolo picking.
When solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic direction and the clean singing gives the music more of a pagan metal feeling and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some songs bring in traditional metal elements and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and as the album progresses classical guitars can be heard briefly along with a short instrumental track before going into the bonus songs which are in more of a black metal direction while t he last track is more of a pagan folk song.
Havukruunu displays an early take on their pagan/black metal sound with the beginning tracks while the newer songs bring in more of a raw side of the genre, the production sounds very raw yet powerful at the same time while the lyrics are written in Finnish and cover darkness, winter, loneliness, sadness and the Paganism of their home country.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Havukruunu and if you are a fan of pagan and black metal, you should enjoy this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Pakanen" "Ne Salaperaiset" "Verta Ja Tuhkaa" and "Joka Puun Taaka". 8 out of 10.