Varus are a band from Germany that plays a symphonic form of folk metal along with some elements of melodic black and death metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "Till The Sun Rises".
A very symphonic and epic sound starts off the album while also adding in some touches of classical music while also capturing the atmosphere of a fantasy movie soundtrack and the symphonic elements also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music and the riffs also add in a great amount of melody.
Black metal screams are also utilized quite a bit throughout the recording while clean pagan vocals are also utilized at times. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style as well as some death metal growls also being added into certain sections of the music.
Folk metal elements are also utilized quite a bit throughout the recording along with some blast beats also being added into the faster sections of the music. The songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the album progresses a brief use of folk instruments and whispered vocals can also be heard, acoustic guitars can also be heard briefly on the closing track. 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 Varus are a very great sounding symphonic and melodic mixture of folk, black and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "One Day" "Nachtgiger" "Des Winters Tod" and "Till The Sun Rises". 8 out of 10.