Paleowolf – Primordial

Though this blog is called Metal Void I think it would be disingenuous and limiting to focus solely on genres of music that might be described as metal. Neofolk is a style of music with a significant overlap with fans of metal, so I feel it’s not inappropriate to cover said genres on this blog. For me, a lot of metal is about a certain feeling, regardless of how a particular artists decides to express that feeling. It’s a feeling of a connection with nature, with the world around us, giving us a sense of place in the world and within our lineage and ancestors. Paleowolf is a solo project from Belgrade, Serbia that aims to channel this feeling.

‘Primordial’ is their first official release, an EP of four tracks totaling 34 minutes in length and featuring two brand new tracks. As I mentioned, Paleowolf are about channeling a certain kind of feeling; in particular they focus on a kind of sound that brings to mind prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies. In Paleowolf’s music, the sole musician ‘A.W.’ brings together influences from genres such as dark ambient, neofolk, tribal, and ritualistic music to create a compelling soundtrack to prehistoric times. Among his repertoire of instruments are natural instruments from drums to whistles, haunting chanted vocals, throat singing, and natural field-recordings, as well as minimal but tasteful use of electronic sounds, usually only as background effects. And ‘soundtrack’ really might be a better description than ‘album’ or ‘EP’ or even ‘song’; there is of course no traditional song-structure here: no choruses or even lyrics, verses or riffs. This music paints pictures and scenes, and tells stories, conveying its emotions and messages through the music itself.

This album really does achieve what it sets out to do. This is really a form of musical escapism, much like their contemporaries in Wardruna. Their music calls to mind ages past, and try to paint as vivid and natural a picture as they can. Its ritualistic, trance-like pace, repetition and droning passages draws you into and fully immerses the listener into Paleowolf’s prehistoric world. The sterling use of natural instruments is a large part of why Paleowolf succeed: where many of their contemporaries rely on garish artificial synthesisers which often serve to break immersion, the very instruments Paleowolf make use of enhance the sense of immersion. A hugely enjoyable and immersive experience, Paleowolf deserve your support.

Abominor – Opus Decay

Abominor are a black metal band from Reykjavík, Iceland. Formed back in 2008, this is their first release since their 2010 demo, and it left quite an impression on me. Iceland is having something of a black metal renaissance at the moment, with groups like Svartidauði, Sinmara (formerly Chao), and Misþyrming making huge waves across the metal scene over the last few years. Abominor do not entirely break with the suffocating, occult sound developed within the Icelandic scene, but they do enough to stand out that this EP is well worth a listen, particularly if you’re a fan of any of the aforementioned bands.

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