Varde are a band from Norway that plays a folk influenced form of black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Fedraminne" which will be released in November by Nordvis Produktion.
Tragic sounding keyboards start off the album while the clean vocals also add elements of neo-folk onto the recording along with the grim black metal screams also taking the music into a heavier direction. A great portion of the tracks are also very long and epic in length while the riffs also add in a great amount of melody.
All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them while the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw Norwegian black metal feeling.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the music also having its progressive and atmospheric moments as well as some tracks also adding in some acoustic guitars and as the album progresses some of the vocals also start getting deeper sounding and a later song also introduces spoken word parts onto the recording, saxophones and electronic music elements can also be heard briefly. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Norwegian and cover Folklore and National Romanticism themes.
In my opinion Varde are a very great sounding folk influenced black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Halvdan Svarte" "Fedraminne" and "Koll med Bilen del I". 8 out of 10.