Lucian The Wolfbearer are a 1 man band from Ohio that plays a mixture of pagan folk music and funeral doom metal and this is a review of his 2014 album "Haunted" which was released by Senseless Life Records.
Neo folk sounds start off the album and bring in an epic feeling to the album and you can also hear demonic voices and melodic chanting being utilized in the background and after the intro the music starts going into a more dark and heavy funeral doom metal direction along with a good amount of melody and growling vocals.
When guitar leads are added into the music they enhance the melodic moments of the recording as well as having a more traditional metal feeling to them at times and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts being utilized at times and the music also starts having a more atmospheric and melodic approach to doom/death metal and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
The melodic vocals when they are utilized bring a mid 90's gothic doom metal feeling to the album as well as having a more traditional doom approach along with a touch of pagan metal and later on acoustic guitars are added onto a couple of the tracks and bring in more folk music elements.which also gets mixed in with the heavier parts and the album is closed with an all acoustic instrumental.
Lucian The Wolfbearer have a very interesting sound with their music combing funeral and epic doom metal with pagan and folk music to create some original and depressive sounding music, the production sound s very dark and epic while the lyrics cover Norse paganism, folklore and mythology.
In my opinion Lucian The Wolfbearer are a very great sounding mixture of pagan folk music and funeral doom metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "And The Pale Horse" "Through Fire And Decay" and "To Become Legend". 8 out of 10.