Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Syven/Aikainaite/Vendlus Records/2012 CD Review

Syven are a duo from Finland that plays a mixture of dark ambient and Finnish folk music and this is a review of their 2012 album "Aikainaite" which will be released by Vendlus Records.

Lapland drums are all slow beats that sound very tribal and shamanistic, while the synthetic soundscapes bring a very dark ambient and atmospheric sound to the music while adding an esoteric feeling to it.

The Kantele is the lead instrument on this recording and it brings a very medievel, tribal, shamanistic and pagan feeling to the music which would make this album perfect for rituals, as for the guitars when they are utlized they use a good amount of distortion of leads mixed in with some doomy rhythms.

Vocals are a mixture of tribal pagan chanting and clean singing with a brief use of deep doom/death metal growls and whispers, while the whole concept of this recording covers nature themes and the brutality of survival , as for the production it has a very strong and powerful sound to it.

In my opinion Syven are a very good and original sounding dark ambient/neo folk/metal hybrid and if you are a fan of those styles, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Jaljet" and "Ne Jotka Selviavat Talvestamme". RECEMMENDED BUY.

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