A Different Shade Of Black Metal Zine

Varang Nord are a band from Latvia that plays a mixture of folk, viking and melodic black/death metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 ep "Fire Of The North".
A very hard and heavy viking metal sound starts off the ep along with some synths being mixed in at times which adds more of a folk atmosphere to the music and when vocals are added into the music they are deep death metal growls and after awhile more elements of folk are added into the music.
As the ep progresses the songs start bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a small amount of blast beats and clean singing viking/folk metal vocals can be heard in certain sections of the recording and some of the riffs also bring in a touch of Swedish style melodic black/death metal and they close the ep with an instrumental track.
Varang Nord plays a musical style that is very heavily rooted in melodic death metal but also brings in a heavy does of viking and folk metal along with a touch of black metal to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover Paganism themes.
In my opinion Varang Nord are a very great sounding viking/folk metal band with a touch of melodic black/death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "As Men Poured Ale" and "Fires Of the North".

8/10
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