Thy Worshiper are a band from Poland that has been featured before in this zine on a few occasions and this time brings us an earlier album from them which displays a more raw style of pagan/black metal and this is a review of their 1996 album "Popiol (Introibo ad Altere Dei)" which was re-issued by Arachnophobia Records.
Nature sounds start off the album along with some atmospheric synths a few seconds later as well as a brief use of spoken word parts and female vocals along with some programmed beats and after the intro the music gets a lot more heavier along with some melodic guitar leads making their presence known.
Vocals are mostly grim black metal screams while t he faster sections of the songs also use a decent amount of blast beats and they also mix the synths in with the heavier sections of the songs along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and when classical guitars are utilized they add in a touch of folk.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while female vocals are also used on some of the later tracks and the tremolo picking gives the songs a more raw black metal feeling and as the album progresses a small amount of folk instruments can be heard and some of the tracks are instrumental as well as some songs being long and epic in length.
On this recording Thy Worshiper had a more raw style of pagan/black metal while still also being very atmospheric and mixing in elements of folk music, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Polish and cover Slavic Paganism, War, Nature and Death themes.
In my opinion this was another great sounding from Thy Worshiper and if you are a fan of folk, pagan, and black metal, you should c heck out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sny Ojca Wiekow" "Gdzie noce sa dluzsze od dni" and "Wsrod Cieni I Mgiel". 8/5 out of 10.