Voland where a duo from Italy that plays a mixture of folk and symphonic black metal and this is a review of their self titled 2008 ep which was re-issued in 2016 by Masked Dead Records.
A very symphonic sound bordering on classical starts off the ep bring in an epic feeling to the recording and after a few seconds the music goes into a very fast black metal direction that utilizes a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats along with some grim screams and they also mix the symphonic and heavy parts together.
Clean singing and melodic vocals can be heard in certain sections of the recording giving the music a medieval folk music feeling and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and death metal growls can also be heard in the music at times and the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody while you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording while spoken word parts along with elements of ambient have their moment on some tracks .
Voland played a style of symphonic black metal on this recording that was more close to the 90's side of the genre while also mixing it with folk music to create something very original, the production sounds very dark and old school while the lyrics cover the History Of Russia.
In my opinion Voland where a very great sounding symphonic folk/black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Leningard" and "Ii Lado Dei Ciudi". 8 out of 10.