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Review: Alatyr - Alatyr

Label: Candarian Demon Productions
Year released: 2007
Duration: 48:31
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 24, 2007
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (12 Votes)

Alatyr is a sombre dynamic duo hailing from Slovakia. Recently formed (2006), Alatyr have released this year their self-titled debut on Candarian Demon Productions.

On those 6-7 minutes long compositions, Alatyr have recorded seven tracks of good ol' Black Metal. Delicate hues of sadness and melancholia melt with stark tones of grimness to paint a depressive Nordic cold landscape. The delicacies of nature samplings, ambient/dark keyboards and clean guitar work collide with the distorted riffs, double bass and those great ghostly/discrete rasps and occasional screams, coming seemingly from beyond. What I really enjoyed on this disc was the fact that the pace was usually moderate and the overall feel was a melodically sad one. Indeed, the last two compositions are much more emphasizing their melo-melancholic side by being much calmer pieces, especially Prazdnota where piano, symphonic keys and quiet moments bear a palpable melancholia. On the other hand, great Nordic rawer Black Metal is found just like this cool piece named Burka. The album is closed by a cover of a Darkthrone classic: Transylvanian Hunger.

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