RAGGRADARH "Oris"
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OCCULT BLACK METAL
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RAGGRADARH are a 1 man band from Bulgaria that plays a heathen and pagan form of black metal and this is a review of his 2014 album "Oris" which was released by Vacula Productions. A very fast and raw black metal sound starts off the album with some grim screams and a decent amount of melody which leads to some atmospheric sounds and melodic pagan chanting being added into the music and the screams also get more high pitched and after awhile the music starts utilizing a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. All of the tracks are very long and epic songs and the album continues the raw and atmospheric pagan/black metal style on the following tracks as well as adding in an old school black metal sound and after awhile you can hear melodic guitar solos and leads being added into certain sections of the recording. On the 3rd song when the melodic pagan chanting parts are added into the song the music starts evoking a more dark atmosphere as well as having a powerful sounding bass guitar towards the end of the track and the last song shows a more raw black metal style in the beginning and after a few minutes folk music instruments are added into the music and they music starts evoking a more medieval atmosphere while also retaining the raw black metal parts as well as addign in melodic vocals and a touch of classic metal. RAGGRADARH creates a very raw and melodic approach to pagan black metal with his musical style as well as adding in a dark atmosphere that really makes you feel the pagan gods being evoked, the production sounds very dark, raw and epic while the lyrics cover Slavic Paganism. In my opinion RAGGRADARH are a very great sounding raw and atmospheric pagan/black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Old Sword" and "The Doomed Ones".
8,5/10
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