Zaria are a band from Slovenia that plays a symphonic and epic form of folk metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 "Po Poti Zivljenja [Upon The Trail Of Life]".
Water sounds start off the album before adding in symphonic sounds which also gives the music and epic and medieval feeling which also leads to flutes becoming a huge part of the recording and after the intro the music starts going for more of a heavy and melodic metal sound which they also mix in with the folk and symphonic elements.
Female vocals bring a very melodic, clean and operatic feeling to the recording and the solos and leads that are utilized bring in a great amount of talent, skill, melody and traditional metal influences into the bands musical style and all of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them.
When male vocals are utilized they bring in a good mixture of clean singing, death metal growls and black metal screams while the clean parts also gives the music more of a pagan and viking metal feeling and when acoustic guitars are used on some of the tracks they bring in even more of an ancient folk music feeling.
Zaria plays a style of folk metal that is very symphonic, heavy and melodic sounding along with a touch of black and death metal which adds a bit more aggression into the music, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics are written in Slovenian and cover Epic Tales, Journeys, Freedom and Folklore.
In my opinion Zaria are a very great sounding symphonic folk metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Voice From Within" "Darkness" "A Nameless Power" and "Follow the Star". 8 out of 10.