Enviktas are a band from Australia that plays a very original and diverse form of folk metal and this is a review of their self titled and self released 2014 ep.
Spoken word parts start off the album along with some epic sounds that have a feeling or a fantasy movie or show as well as some folk instruments which also leads up to a heavier yet folk metal sound and the music starts having a more pagan and atmospheric feeling after the intro along with a good amount of melody.
Black and death metal style vocals are a huge part of the recording and at time s you can hear some epic battle samples being utilized in the background at times as well as the band adding in a small amount of fast black metal parts along with some brutal sounding blast beats and as the ep progresses you can hear elements of ethnic world music being mixed in with their sound.
The ethnic elements really help make the music stand out as well as the band having a lot more heavier sound than most folk metal bands and they never use any clean or pagan style singing and the lead guitars and solos are very chaotic sounding and also heavily influenced by death metal, when acoustic guitars are used they really bring in a great amount of emotion to the songs and the last track is very long and epic in length.
Enviktas create a very original style of folk metal with their songs only using growls and black metal screams as well as bringing in brutal elements and traces of world music, ethic and classical to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional sounding without the backing of a label while the lyrics cover mythology, paganism and folklore.
In my opinion Envikitas are a very great original and brutal sounding folk metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Morning Burns Red" and "Golden Spirit". 8/5 out of 10.