Poland's Graveland have returned with a new recording which shows the music going for more of an epic style of pagan black metal and this is a review of their 2021 album "Hour Of Ragnarok" which will be released in August by Inferna Profundus Records.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album along with some epic sounding keyboards while the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the recording more of a raw feeling.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while touches of folk music can also be heard at times. The album also has its symphonic moments along with the music also remaining very true to its 90's roots as well as a couple of the tracks also being very long and epic in length and as the album progresses clean pagan vocals can also be heard in certain sections of the recording.
On this recording Graveland remains true to the epic style of pagan black metal that they have established on previous releases. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover Paganism, Nordic Mythology and Lost Civilization themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Graveland and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Wolf Of Twilight" "Children Of Hyperborea" and "Enlightened by The Wisdom Of The Runes". 8/5 out of 10.