Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Svarrogh - Yer Su
Bulgarian neofolk project on the quite consistent Ahnstern label. Derived from a black/folk metal project, it retains its edge of metal aggression, but moves into gorgeous, psychedelic, evocative Southern European folk music in the vein of Sangre Cavallum or Àrnica, of a distinctly Slavic kind that of course indirectly reminds of Drudkh. Up there with my favorite neofolk groups, those which don't just ape Death In June, combining boring, rudimentary acoustic guitar riffs with pointlessly selfish and lonely lyrics. Those with the important emphasis on the FOLK, who have resolved their modern existential paralysis and loneliness instead with the invocation of their ancestral spirits, the resurrection of their ancient culture.