This is the third album by Panychida who come from the Czech Republic. They play Black Metal with a heavy Pagan influence.
Take a powerful Black Metal core, add some atmospherics and keyboards, infuse a bit of Primordial and old Dimmu Borgir into it and soak in a heady strain of Paganism and you have a good starting point for Panychida.
The songs are stirring and involving. They have aggression and exploration written into the guitars, as well as a good amount of epic Metal riffage.
Panychida offer a good variety of vocals, with almost every type making an appearance – screams, growls, whispers, cleans; they’re all here and all done well. Krastina (Grief for the Idol) is a great example of this as the vocals alternate between all of these and more in a short space of time.
Folk influences and instrumentation appear and these are done well without sounding out of place.
Panychida have produced a quality album. Give them a listen and see what you think.