Country: Poland
Title: Czary
Label: Pure Steel Publishing
Year: 2019
Style: Folk Metal

Album "Czary" ("Witchcraft" begins with a short, pleasant, folk-electronic intro (track "Czary (introduction)"), with a touch of nostalgic straight from the fantasy - and after a swallow of mead, our native devils are moving to a folk metal battle, starting with a proven heavy-thrash sound with well-polished solos. There's a lot going on from the title "Spells". The Rzeszów team (east-southern Poland) has contributed to the sound and the climate of the album resembles Týr Faroeski, although played faster and with a native claw. The next "Spell" is a bit different story - here, the guys dropped more medieval-folk ornaments, breaking this mess with a metal scream and female chants. And we get to "Wells" - played by pauses (riffs) with a well-fitted folk theme motif, where the harshness of the metal sound "makes me feel" a pinch of oriental note played from the key. Next, we face the "Golem" which breathes ... with the cold wave-neofolk spirit, with time developing into a very complex, progmetallic space of sound, strengthened by "growling" melorecitation (Da you can!). This leads us to the "Kingdom of Heaven", which is a musically folk-ballad ballad developing into a pleasantly pathetic flowing, melodic, folks-like doom. In another piece, Diaboł Boruta encourages "Find me among the stars" in a progressively progressive way - and this is a great combination of tradition (text and references to legends of ancient Slavs) and modernity (folk metal ethnographic). "Slave" begins with an oriental introduction and develops into a perfectly arranged piece, striking with the Middle Eastern style translated into a progressive folkmetal. It is also a shouted song, broken by tightly curled guitar solos ... Next. The "Spirit of the Wind" is a deep nod to the melodic nostalgia supported by a relatively simple yet effective combination of riffs, key, choral singing and folk. And all this at the right moment, broken by jazz "twisting" - just like the wind, creating an air vortex. When he stops to blow, a tree appears from behind a cloud of dust ... And it is "Lipka" - most often in recent years "covered" Polish folk song hit, heh ... I have already accepted it. Diaboł Boruta added the "Slave" and "Kingdom of Heavenly" in English, shooting to twelve, the number of songs on this successful album. In "Witchcraft", apart from the obvious folk metal sound, there are also a lot of hidden references to Polish rock music from the splendor times of Siekiera, Army, Proletarian and Kata. At the same time, the material on the record is very creatively arranged. The term "folkmetal" in the case of "Spells" is very broadly included. There is heavy / thrash here, there are elements of doom, here is a lot of melodic, thoughtful progressive playing and just as much mess of metal simplicity, and everything in perfectly matched proportions.

Reviewed by Vilcin
Rating: 9/10