This is a review of another recording from Germany's Varus which continues the symphonic and melodic mixture of folk, melodic black and death metal and the album will be self released on June 27th, 2020.
Stringed instruments along with some symphonic sounds start off the album along with a brief use of operatic female vocals which also appear on later tracks before going into a heavier direction but keeping the symphonic elements. Vocals are mostly black metal screams while the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style.
Folk instruments can also be heard in some parts of the recording while all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them. When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
A couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with the riffs also adding in a great amount of melody. The songs also add in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as some death metal growls also being added into some parts of the recording and some tracks also add in some clean pagan vocals and as the album progresses a brief use of acoustic guitars can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in a mixture of English and German and cover local myths/legends, the art of drinking, Romanticism, War and Historical themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Varus and if you are a fan of symphonic and melodic folk, black and death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Awakening" "Ein Lebewohl" and "The Minstrels Chant". 8 out of 10.