Draugûl is a solo project from Malta but now resides in Malta and plays an epic form of viking/black metal and this is a review of his 2017 album "Winterspell" which was released by Vegvisir Distribution.
Rain and thunder sounds start off the album along with some keyboards which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the songs at times. The riffs also add in a great amount of melody while the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams along with some clean pagan singing also being added into some parts of the songs.
Acoustic guitars are also added into certain sections of the recording while the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style. Folk instruments are also added onto some of the songs along with a couple of tracks also adding in a brief use of female vocals and when the music speeds up blast beats are also utilized.
A couple of the tracks are also long and epic in length as well as the tremolo picking also getting the songs more of a raw feeling when it is added into the music. Growls can also be heard in certain sections of the recording, when throat singing is utilized it also gives the music more of a shamanistic and ritualistic edge.
A couple of tracks also introduces spoken word parts onto the recording and as the album progresses there is also a cover of Inkubus Sukkubus's "Wytches" along with one song also being an acoustic instrumental, most of the tracks also sticks to either a slow or mid tempo direction with only a small amount of fast playing and the album closes with another instrumental. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover rune magick, Norse Paganism, Anti Christianity themes and the writings of J.R.R Tolkien.
In my opinion Draugûl is a very great sounding epic viking/black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hagalaz" "Trollsbane" and "Smoke Rises From The Mountain Of Doom". 8/5 out of 10.