Synkvervet are a band from Norway that plays a mixture of symphonic black metal and pagan/folk metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "Trollspeil".
A very epic and neo-folk synth sound starts off the album and after a minute the music starts going into more of a melodic black metal direction that also introduces blast beats and grim yet high pitched screams to t he recording which they also mix in with symphonic elements along with a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
On some of the tracks operatic female vocals can be heard while some of the sections bring in a few seconds of death metal growls at times and you can also hear a touch of modern prog metal in the bands musical style at times and as the album progresses the synths start bringing in more of a haunting atmosphere and also start adding in more elements of folk music and as the album progresses clean singing male vocals can be heard on some of the songs while a couple of later tracks also brings in a brief use of spoken word parts and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Synkvervet plays a style of symphonic black metal that brings in a touch of pagan and folk metal to create a sound of their own, the production sound s very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics are written in a mixture of both Norwegian and English and cover Nordic Paganism, Mythology, Folklore, Nature and Mysticism.
In my opinion Synkvervet are a very great sounding mixture of symphonic black metal and pagan/folk metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Horns of Vengeance" "Inner Sanctum" "Clearwater Diamonds" and "Angelfall". 8 out of 10.