Label: Svarga Music
Paganland is founded in 1997 in Lviv in the Ukraine. In 1999 and 2008 they released a demo. Between this two demo’s their broke up, but they joined forces later on. This resulted in the second demo and in 2011 they recorded their first real full length. They have signed with Svarga Music, and this label is releasing this album now.
The intro is very ‘keyboard-ish’ and takes a very long time, a pity it starts this way. The album really starts with the second track. A rather good song except for the humming background vocals, which aren’t really necessary.
The folk tunes are from a flute which brings the Slavic sound to the front.
The grunts are fine, and the clean vocals which aren’t in perfectly in tune everywhere are a a nice alternation with the clean vocals.
The third song starts with the sounds of a battle, in which the guitars join the forces and again a bad keyboard-composition.
The songs contain a lot of tempo-changes and other nice variations, and this is a strong part of their music.
I songs are about ancient Ukraine, tales and their love for the land and nature.
The fourth song starts with an intro again. This time it sounds like the wind blowing fierce. The rest of the song sounds nice.
And then there are four more songs which sounds nice but not fabulous. And all of them with an intro before they jump to the actual song.
This album is like a lot of books, you read a piece and one moment further you forgot what you were reading. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t stick either.
When you need 16 years to release a first full-length, I expected something better than ‘Wind of Freedom’ and I think they can do that.
- Коло Вічності – інтро 02:37
- Тіні минулого 04:41
- Сила духу 05:05
- Чорногора 06:44
- Подолянка 04:16
- Нічний ліс 05:25
- Тумани і сутінки 03:57
- Вітер волі 05:00