Protokult are a band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada that plays a mixture of folk and pagan metal and this is a review of their self released album "Transcending The Ruins" which will be released in October.
Clean playing starts off the album before going into a heavier musical direction while synths are also added into some parts of the recording. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style and a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Vocals are mostly blackened screams that also add in a touch of death metal along with some rough pagan metal singing also being utilized at times. All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with some spoken word parts also being added into some parts of the recording.
The riffs also add in a decent amount of melody along with some folk instruments also being mixed in with the heavier sections of the music at times. Female vocals can also be heard on some of the tracks as well as some of the riffing and back up shouts also showing an influence of thrash metal.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard as well the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, symphonic and orchestra sounds can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with some power metal style vocals being added on a couple of tracks. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Paganism, Folklore and Historical themes.
In my opinion Protokult are a very great sounding mixture of pagan and folk metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Mark of Thunder" "Oy Kanada!" "Valley Of thorns" and "Dead new World". 8out of 10.