I like black metal recordings with audible bass. Volk provides that little pleasure. Throughout the pagan lands, the music runs against the grain of modern society and its rules. That’s what you can really pick up from Volk. Music is straightforward, enraged at me, you and everything else. Some synth elements, very very few, illustrate this vile landscape. Black metal is food for Volk, and a raw approach is searched out, the songwriting goes hand in hand with traditional black and some of the few melodies around instill the pagan feeling, bringing nothing exceptionally new, but working fine overall.
I got stuck, in a positive way, with “Winds of Sorrow”, with the first riff and a shy synth working in the background. Drumming patterns energized the atmosphere, but you could pretty much sum up Volktalitarianism within this song, especially in that middle section of the song that breaks the flux. Last song “Heathen Dawn” is sung with a mix of vocal work, including clean vocals, and the calmer, emotional parts are better crafted than on previous song, although I felt that I was listening to a different band on this one.
Are Volk still looking for their musical identity? Volktalitarianism finishes with a Nokturnal Mortum cover that can provide some clues and, in my opinion, nice ones. With this first EP they’re still in time and right on the path to find what really defines themselves as musicians, so let’s keep track of their releases and see for ourselves.
Volktalitarianism was self-released on August 29 2015 in pro CD-R format with color card sleeve.
1. Pagan Lands
2. Winds of Sorrow
5. Heathen Dawn
6. Veles' Scrolls (Nokturnal Mortum cover)
Christopher Control – Vocals (lead), Keyboards
D. Sowa – Guitars, Vocals (additional), Keyboards
J. Feral – Bass, Vocals (additional)
Goat – Drums
Text by Vetrarnótt