Varg are a band from Germany that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a melodic mixture of viking, pagan, black and death metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Zeichen" which will be released on September 18th by Napalm Records.
Nature sounds start off the album along with some acoustic guitars which also introduce elements of folk music onto the recording before going into more of a heavier and melodic musical direction. Vocals are also a mixture of black metal screams and death metal growls and the music also shows a Swedish influence.
Whispered vocals can also be heard briefly while viking style back up shouts can also be heard on some of the tracks. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style along with some songs also adding in some clean pagan metal styles as well as some female vocals and chants also being utilized briefly on a couple of songs and most of the music also sticks to a mid tempo direction, as the album progresses a brief use of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard.
On this recording Varg expands on the melodic death emtal style while still having some of the black, viking and pagan metal elements that where a very huge part of their earlier recording. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in a mixture of German and English cover Vikings and Paganism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Varg and if you are a fan of viking, pagan, black and melodic death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "793" "Fara Till Ranar" "Wanderer" and "Zeichen". 8 out of 10.