Grai are a band from Russia that plays an atmospheric form of folk metal and this is a review of their 2012 album "O Zemle Rodnoy (About Our Native Land)" which was released by Vic Records.
Drums range from slow to mid paced drumming with no fast playing or blast beats, while the flutes and other folk instruments bring a very medieval and pagan sound to the music, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound to them.
Rhythm guitars range from slow to mid paced folk metal riffs that utilize some influences from melodic pagan and black metal, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars they use full chords to bring a folk music sound to the music.
Vocals are all clean singing female pagan/folk metal vocals with a brief use of deep growls and harsh screams being utilized at times, while the lyrics are written in Russian and cover Slavic Folklore and Paganism, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound to it.
In my opinion Grai are a very great sounding epic folk metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Psen O Zemle Rodnoy" "Leshak" "Uchody dalyoko, gore" and "Vstavy s koleni!". RECOMMENDED BUY.