Barad Guldur are a band from Italy that plays folk metal and this is a review of their self released 2019 album "Frammenti di oscurita".
Fire burning and spoken word parts start off the album before adding some acoustic guitars on the recording. Bag pipes, flutes, fiddle's and hardy gurdy's are also used quite a bit throughout the tracks and also mixes in with the heavier sections of the songs as well as the vocals also adding in a great amount of clean pagan singing.
The riffs also add in a great amount of melody while the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style. When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can also be heard along with the music also adding in some speed, heavy and power metal influences at times and when growls and screams are utilized they bring elements of black and death metal onto the recording.
Some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as the music also having its shamanistic and ritualistic moments and at times the music captures the atmosphere of a fantasy film or show, female vocals are also added onto some of the tracks and as the album progresses an instrumental is also added onto the albums. The production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics are written in Italian and cover tales, legends, mountains, horror and fantasy themes.
In my opinion Narad Guldur are a very great sounding folk metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Canso de Bouye" "Nella notte piu nerra" "Per chi ela la nocc" and "Frammento di oscurita". 8 out of 10.