By John Bedard
This has been the highlight of my week. I loved every second of this album and have not been able to stop listening to it. It is dark and emotional and absolutely oozing with passion. With strong symphonic influences and some folk sprinkled in over a wonderful black metal foundation. There is a lot to dig into and I have not heard many bands that are able to blend so many different elements together this way quite as well as Vorna do it here. It is truly a beautiful experience and one that is absolutely worth your time.
I love it when other instruments are used outside of the standard guitar, bass, and drums. Here we have a lot of piano as well as bells and violins as well as some other things I can’t readily identify. It all comes together fantastically into a beautiful work of art that pulls at every heartstring. The guitar has a fantastic tone that is dark and gritty with a sickly-sweet distortion. It is beautiful. The drums drive the music well and transitions between the slow sections and the faster sections with the double kick really well.
The vocals have that dark growled tone that you have come to expect in black metal. Here we have a particularly good example of the style as the vocals here have that really deep throaty almost gurgled sound that just fits so well with the music. Then the mix in some softly sung vocals as well breaking up the album and showing the incredible range they have as a band. The contrast is truly stunning and is used really well. It makes for a wonderful experience from start to finish.
This album is a perfectly crafted masterpiece. It is an absolute must own. I cannot think of anything negative to even say. Real time was poured into this and it really shows. The quality of the recording is great, and every member of the band sounds great together. I look forward to more from Vorna and now I need to go back and listen to anything they have done before. My biggest complaint is that the album is not longer. I think most people will find something they love on this album. It is absolutely beautiful. You will not regret adding this to your collection.
- ‘Sateet Palata Saavat’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.
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