Varulv are a band from Austria that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a very raw and old school form of black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Kerker, Todt und Teyfl" which was released by Talheim Records.
Spoken word samples start off the album along with a brief use of stringed instruments, clean playing and percussion's a few seconds later before going into a heavier direction. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's second wave era. When guitar leads are utilized they are done in a very dark yet melodic style along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the vocals also having their grim moments. Melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing and stringed instruments and spoken word parts also make a brief return as the album progresses before returning back to a heavier direction, one track also adds in a brief use of clean vocals. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in German and is a concept album based upon the impure professions, prostitution, executioner and undertaker of the middle ages.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Varulv and if you are a fan of raw and old school black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Der Rattenpakt" "Am Totentisch" "Altar Pfad" and "In Schwarz gehullt". 8 out of 10.
Website: https://varulv.at (Coming soon!)