HIVERNA – I. Folklore

HIVERNA - I. Folklore

Origin: Canada
Genre: Folk Black Metal
Label: Self Released
Year: 2010

Hiverna is a Canadian folk black metal band from Quebec that was formed in 2006. Bardunor, who is also in Crépuscule, Csejthe, Barol Svinge and Monarque formed this band in 2006 together with Helorth, who later left the band. Bardunor is the main composer and singer of the band and he also plays the guitars. In 2008 they released their first CD, a split album “L’Aube Septentrionale” with the band Chasse-Galerie. In 2010 they released their debut album “I. Folklore” and in the end of 2011 the album “Hiver, Nostalgie & Amertume”. Both of these album were self released.

The name Hiverna stands for Hiver, Nostalgie & Amertume (Winter Nostalgia & Bitterness) mixed into one word “Hiver-N-A.”. Based on the other bands where Bardunor participates, I was expecting to listen to something much more raw and less melodic. I was pleasantly surprised though, since “I. Folklore” is an amazing folk black metal album, with an excellent sound especially for an underground band. They have amazing guitars and their riffs are changing between folk and classical tunes and scales. Synths, piano and beautiful flutes enrich their sound in perfect harmony with the melodic guitars. Bardunor’s vocals are quite extreme, but they fit with their raw sound. All of their lyrics are in French Canadian. Everything is exactly as it should be; at the right level. Having excellent sense of both melody and rawness, Hiverna manage to create a very epic atmosphere. The rhythm of the songs varies, but it generally moves from mid to fast tempo. The dialogues between folk instrumental parts and aggressive, yet melodic pagan black metal is unique! There are ten songs in this 56 minutes long album, including a hidden bizarre track (something like random deconstructed music, a little pointless in my opinion). Another interesting fact about his album, is that the music was composed by Bardunor long before the band’s creation, between 2003 and 2005! So the compositions had the needed time to mature and the band worked the songs in depth, improving every detail before finally recording its debut…

I. Folklore” is a perfect example or raw folk black metal and I enjoyed it much more than their next self-titled album. The band has already started the recordings of its third full length. It will be called “II. Macabre” and is scheduled for release in late 2012 / early 2013. Folk black metal fans should definitely check this album. For me it was a great discovery. You can visit their myspace and facebook profiles for more info and sound samples.


Rating:  (9/10)



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