MUNRUTHEL – ВЕРОломство (CREEDamage)


Origin: Ukraine
Genre: Folk Pagan Metal
Label: Casus Belli Musica Svarga Music
Year: 2012

Vladislav “Munruthel” Redkin is one of Nokturnal Mortum’s founders, being in the band since 1991, when they were named Suppuration. He started composing music even earlier though, and in 1995 he released the demo “The Ancients’ Wisdom” with electronic compositions from 1988 to 1993 under the name Silentium. Later his personal project took his name, Munruthel and in 1997 released the debut album “Явь, Навь и Правь“, followed by “Ориянские Сказанья (Oriana Tales)” in 1999. Both releases soon became classics in the underground epic ambient pagan music circles, but after that the project was put on ice. In 2000 Munruthel left and then re-joined Nokturnal Mortum, until his final departure in 2003. He was also involved with many other bands, as well as a new project Kolo, so his personal project was inactive for 7 years. Finally he returned with the amazing “Эпоха Водолея (Epoch of Aquarius)” in 2006, introducing a new pagan folk symphonic metal style for the band. Then, silence again, until 2011 when he released “The Dark Saga“, which is an original soundtrack for the computer game “Gothic II: Dark Saga Addon“. Thankfully in the end of 2012 Munruthel is back with his new metal album “ВЕРОломство (CREEDamage)” co-released by Casus Belli Musica and Svarga Music.

This new album will most probably satisfy all Munruthel fans, since he combines band’s both natures. There are totally 11 songs and 60 minutes of music. 6 of the songs belong to the general pagan metal genre and 5 of them to his sympho-ambient style. The album opens with the epic atmospheric battle soundtrack “Ardent Dance of War’s God” and closes with the 16 minute symphonic instrumental “Krada“, which is divided into 3 separate songs. I believe that “Krada“, especially part I, is the most complete and mature work Munruthel has done in this style so far, with epic dark melodies and rich orchestrations, including metal guitars!

Coming now to the metal songs of the album, they have a very good production, with crystal clear sound and many remarkable guest appearances, like Masha Scream from Arkona singing on “The Mown Dawns Lie on the Ground” and Wulfstan from Forefather singing on the amazing cover on Bathory’s “The Lake“. Many more musicians also contributed in this album in other instruments: Master Alafern (Thunderkraft, Святогор, Quintessence Mystica, Triglav) and Istukan (Dub Buk) on guitars, Anna Merkulova (Thunderkraft, Kolo) on flutes, Anna “Alrunna” Oklejewicz on violin, viola and violoncello and many others… The music is really interesting and Munruthel has composed beautiful and diverse songs. Folk, pagan and symphonic elements are combined perfectly with the extreme metal nature of his music and the result sounds totally balanced and natural. Anyway, it’s not a typical album to describe and there are many influences from other genres too, so you better listen to it in order to decide for yourselves.

ВЕРОломство (CREEDamage)” is undoubtedly a work full of quality music. In my opinion the many different styles and several guests musicians somehow “remove” the personal identity of the band and the atmosphere of a single album, but they make it more diverse and pleasant to listen to. I guess you can’t have it all. The album is released by 2 different labels in 2 different versions. The English version “CREEDamage” is released by Svarga Music in standard jewel-case CD and 6 panel digipak edition, limited to 300 copies. The Russian version “ВЕРОломство” is out via Casus Belli Musica in 6-panel digipak with 8-page booklet. The artwork is the same in both releases, illustrated by Mstibog. You can visit the following links to their official pages for more info and music.


Rating:  (8,5/10)

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