Kawir - Isotheos
Label: Deathrune Records
Reviewer: Azmo Lozmodial - 2013-01-15
Highlights: Hymn to Apollo (Track 4)
The Greek black metal scene has always been fascinating for those who search for spectacular pagan black metal, especially if the the lyrical themes are about the ancient Greek mythology. Kawir is one of those bands who helped to create a solid base for the Greek black metal scene, because this band is supporting the pagan realm with black metal music since the early 90s, and the band is still presenting excellent music until this moment.
Isotheos is fifth full-length album for this group, and its following the same pattern of the previous albums, but this time the album has a lot of original ideas and the riffs are more dynamic than the previous releases. Though the tune of the guitars reminds me of the 90s black metal era (which I really like), I cant hide my hate toward the tune of the lead guitar, which sounds rough and heavy most of the time. The drumming is giving the structure of the tracks the most solid base, the slow beats and the fast beats are alternating with each other to give the total atmosphere more powerful moments.
The mid-paced raging guitar riffs are really enjoyable for all the fans of black metal music, and the wind instruments that sink behind the sound of the guitars made the whole atmosphere totally pagan and full of ancient environment. The repetitive riffing that has been covered by wrath of the crispy vocals made every track in this album interesting. The flute intro of the fourth track is my best moment of this album, especially if you're listening to this album in the woods. The using of the clean (chanting) vocals and the black metal vocals are really successful, and they added a lot of professionalism to the total atmosphere.
The band has written the materials of this album carefully to make every single moment an amazing experience for those who adore the mythological musical theme. This album is a great example of how the pagan/black metal release should sound like, and I recommend this album for all the black metal fans around the world, especially for those who are interested in the ancient Greek mythology, get your copy now and live a distinguished experience.