|Review: Krigavar - Krigavar (Demo)|
Year released: 2009
Genre: Pagan Metal
Review online: June 23, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 4.43/5 (88.57%) (7 Votes)
This demo was recorded earlier this year at the home studio of guitar player Victor Walschaerts. The promo picture portrays the band members sitting at the table of a rustic environment. Right in the middle of that picture, one of these guys is picking his nose; not cool at all!
The sound of this demo has a tendency to be somewhat muddy. This is basically due to too much bass in the mix, making all the other instruments sounding shy and in the background. For some reason, the last two tracks, "Jagersmann" and "Watzullen we Drinken", are much better, closer to a pro-studio sound. Those songs rank amongst my favorite by the way. Krigavar is a Pagan Metal band from Belgium and as far as I can decipher, they mainly, if not only, write lyrics in their native tongue. They use folksy elements such as: mouth harp, flute, nature samplings, while the lead guitar follows a melodic folkloric pattern in a few occasions. A bit of atmospheric keyboards, "party noises" and battlefield samplings add an appropriate pagan edge to their songs. I found the odd numbered songs better, mostly because they are more folk-oriented. Opener " Zomerzon en Heidebloed" has birds samplings, flute, mouth harp, folksy lead and clean choirs, while on spot #3, "Odin's Lied", goes for a party mode, Viking style.
Interesting demo from a young band. I would be curious to listen to their pro debut, and eh you, stop picking your nose!
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