Volkolak are a band from Russia that has had material reviewed before in this zine and has done albums in both the ns pagan/black metal and neo folk genres and this is a review of their 2017 compilation album "MMII - MMIV" which consists of their 2002 album "The Feat Of The Grey King" 2004 album "Hail To The God Of The Sun" and a 2017 bonus track "Tyhe Witch. Ice Hike" and was released by Crush Of The Desert Records and consists of their early folk material.
Wind sounds along with wolves howling starts off the album along with some acoustic guitars a few seconds later and the music adds in a medieval folk music feeling and on the second track folk instruments are added onto the recording along with some melodic singing and some songs also bring in female vocals.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the songs also mix in a great amount of drum beats along with a few instrumentals and classical guitars along with finger picking is also utilized at times and as the compilation progresses the vocals start adding in more aggression n and nature sounds also make a return on some of the later tracks and the second album on this compilation also continues the same tradition as the first recording.
On this compilation Volkolak started developing their folk music style and create a medeieval pagan atmosphere, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics are written in Russian and cover Russian pride, Slavic and Norse Paganism.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding collection from Volkolak and if you are a fan of pagan folk music, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Odin's Wolves" "Witches Valley" "To The God Of Fire" and "Veles And The Warrior". 8 out of 10.