Bjarm are a band from Russia that plays a mixture of symphonic black metal and death metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Imminence" which was released by Fono Ltd.
Wind and bell sounds start off the album before keyboards are added in and they bring an epic and symphonic sound to the recording and after the 3 minute long intro the music starts to go into a heavier direction while also keeping around the symphonic elements and a few seconds alter spoken words are added in briefly.
Once the heavier vocals kick in they bring a very grim blackened death metal feeling to the music and after awhile melodic female vocals can be heard in certain sections of the recording and one of the later tracks also has a few seconds of male vocals and they bring in elements of gothic metal to the bands musical sound and the songs stick to mostly a slow or mid paced direction along with a good amount of melodic guitar riffing
As the album progresses more black metal style vocals are added into the music along with some powerful sounding bass guitars and as time goes on by they bring in an instrumental track along with the following song using clean and acoustic guitars and they return back to a more symphonic black/death metal direction on the last 3 songs as well as speeding up a bit for a few seconds and adding in s mall amount of blast beats and the last song brings back some of the clean playing while still sticking mostly to a heavier direction.
Bjarm stick to mostly a symphonic black metal direction on this album while having a more blackened death metal approach to vocals along with a small amount of gothic elements to create the sound that you hear on this album, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark and metaphysical themes.
In my opinion Bjarm are a very great sounding mixture of symphonic black metal and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Approaching Of the Close" "The Nine Worlds" "Oracle" and "Tree On The Bones". 8 out of 10.