Zvijer are a band from Bosnia that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a musical style on this recording they describe as being 'Balkanian Barbaric Black Metal' and this is a review of their 2020 album "Navia (Zadah Jalovog Svijeta" which will be released in December by Seance Records.
A very dark sounding synth orientated intro starts off the album while also introducing grim black metal screams onto the recording before going into a heavier direction. The riffs also add in a lot of melody while the faster sections of the songs also add in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style along with a couple of tracks also adding in a small amount of clear chants and vocals.
Synths also return on some of the later songs along with one track also introducing clean playing onto the recording. Some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length as well as the music also sounding more modern than their previous release but also retaining some of the old school elements. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Bosnian and cover the dark folklore and funeral customs from the Balkan territories.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Zvijer and if you are a fan of raw, melodic and sinister black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Moje Prokletjie" and "Ubistvo Ega". 8 out of 10.