Stozhar are a band from Russia that plays folk metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Holodom Bitv V Obyatya Zimy" which was released by Stygian Crypt Productions.
Folk instruments start off the album which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music along with a brief use of battle sounds. Vocals bring in more of a death metal style as well as the faster sections of the music also bringing in a great amount of blast beats and black metal influences.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Clean vocals are also utilized quite a bit throughout the recording and a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Synths can also be heard briefly along with some female vocals also being added into some parts of the music as well as some fast tremolo picking also being utilized at times and the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Russian and cover Slavic Paganism, Patriotism and Battle themes.
In my opinion Stozhar 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 "Yarost" "Nochi Horovod" and "Pamyat". 8 out of 10.