Genre: Folk Pagan Metal Symphonic Black Metal
Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Fferyllt is a Russian symphonic folk metal band from Krasnodor. The first traces of the band can be found back in 2003, when Dmitry Eliseev (keyboards) wanted to start a new pagan folk related musical project. The band completed its line-up in 2007, when they also released the demo “A Celtic Tale“. They suffered several line-up changes before releasing their debut full-length album “Dance of the Druids” via Stygian Crypt Productions in 2009. Even more line-up changes occurred the following years, but finally in the end of 2012, their second album “Прорицание” was out, again by Stygian Crypt.
In their first work, Fferyllt played folk black metal combining black metal screams and wonderful female vocals with an operatic touch. “Прорицание” is a different case though! There are 10 songs totally in the album that last for almost 52 minutes and they are separated into two basic categories: five of them (1, 3, 5, 8 and 10) belong in the folk pagan metal style of the debut album, one of them (6) is a short instrumental track and the rest (2, 4, 7 and 9) move in a symphonic melodic black metal style! The production of the band is much better now and their sound is perfectly clear and professional. Their folk songs have rich orchestrations, combining melodic guitars, synths and many acoustic traditional instruments, like jaw harp, bodhran, flute, violin, viola, cello, hurdy-gurdy and bagpipes, creating a beautiful pagan medieval atmosphere. Their new singer Natalya, has a wonderful voice, more folk oriented, with less opera influences. The band uses also pagan black metal vocals, in wonderful dialogue with female vocals. The other 4 songs have a much darker approach and the band uses melodic riffs, symphonic synths and piano, combined with black metal vocals and some female choirs. They are great in both “styles” and skillfully enough they have managed to unify all songs under a common aura, mainly due to their dominant melodic guitars and synths. Some songs are in Russian, some in English and you can find all lyrics in the detailed CD booklet.
Compared to their debut, Fferyllt have released a partly different, but equally good album, with improved sound and production. Fans of pagan folk and symphonic melodic black metal should definitely check them. “Прорицание” is released by Stygian Crypt Productions in a standard jewel case edition, including a 12-page booklet with wonderful layout and this enchanting cover artwork, all illustrated by Jan Yrlund. In the following links to their official pages you can find more info and listen to their music.