Oprich are a band that plays a very atmospheric form of folk metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Birdless Heavens" which was released by Casus Belli Musica.
Drums range from slow to mid paced playing with no fast drums are blast beats being present on this recording, while the folk instruments bring a very medieval pagan dark ages sound to the music with some sounds of nature being utilized at times, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that are coming out of the guitars.
Rhythm guitars range from slow to mid paced folk metal riffs that utilize a great amount of melody as well as a brief use of soft and clean playing, while the lead guitars when they are utilized they are very melodic sounding guitar solos and leads, as for the classical guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking and full chords to add more folk music elements to the recording.
Vocals are all clean singing folk metal vocals with some deep growls and high pitched being utilized at times that give the music a black/death metal feeling as well as a brief spoken word part, while the lyrics cover Russian Folklore and Paganism, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound to it with some of the songs being long and epic in length.
in my opinion Oprich are a very great sounding folk metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The First Wintry Touches" "The Sit -River" and "Soon, Very Soon!". RECOMMENDED BUY.