Uinuos Syömein Sota contains 47 minutes of black metal mixed with elements of heavy metal and folk. Viking/pagan/folk metal, or blackened heavy metal, or some such version of these words, are all appropriate tags, but whereas bands with those sorts of descriptions frequently do little for me, Havukruuna are the exact opposite; this is a band that sound on fire.
Well, this is quite the treat, and highly-anticipated by some. Havukruuna have crafted a veritable modern masterpiece of blackened metal with Uinuos Syömein Sota. This is an album that’s overflowing with rich melodies, epic atmosphere, galloping guitars, and storming solos. It’s all impeccably delivered. Hell, the soaring choral cleans are worth the price of admission alone.
There’s a heavy metal influence here that’s non-standard for black metal, but one which Havukruuna have managed to skilfully incorporate through memorable songwriting and sheer bloody passion. The epic folk influences inject a level of grandiosity to the songs that complement the heavy metal aspects perfectly, resulting in music that’s far more catchy than most black metal has any right to be, while still retaining an underground aggression in places that’s quite furious.
I could mention bands like Bathory, Moonsorrow, and the like, and although this would set the scene adequately, Havukruuna essentially exist in a sphere all of their own.
If any of the above even remotely appeals to you, then you need to listen to Uinuos Syömein Sota. Yep, it’s that good.