Oprich are a band from Russia that has been featured before in this zine with an atmospheric form of folk metal and this is a review of their 2014 ep "Winds' Heavy Mead" which was released by Casus Belli Musica.
Nature sounds start off the ep along with some clean guitars and folk instruments as well as some melodic pagan vocals which leads to a heavier direction which also sees blackened death metal growls becoming a part of the music while also keeping around the folk music elements and adding melody into the heavier sections of the music.
The following tracks are also in the heavy folk metal direction as well as adding in a small amount of fast parts at times and they also bring in a good amount of both clean and heavy parts and the 3rd track is all acoustic and they close the ep with a cover of Temnozer's "Folkstorm Of the Azure Nights" which also sees them adding in female vocals and the song is 10 minutes in length along with small amounts of blast beats.
Oprich remain true to their atmospheric folk metal sound sticking to the same direction as the album they released a year back, the production is very professional sounding and the lyrics cover Russian folklore and Paganism.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Oprich and if you are a fan of folk metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Winds' Heavy Mead" and "Volga's Lullaby". 8 out of 10.