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Zgard – Astral Glow (review)

posted by BlackHand on May 29, 2013

Zgard

Ukraine

Atmospheric Black Pagan Metal

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Zgard – Astral Glow on Bandcamp


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Zgard is a one man project of Yaromysl with three full length albums released in the span of one year. About a month ago I reviewed the second, here’s the third.


Zgard‘s latest album, “Astral Glow” is on par with what I expected after the previous one, “Reclusion”, on which you can read here. It has a bit more emphasis on the pagan folk side of things and on some tracks it is a more incisive type of black.


This time it mixes the synthesised sounds (and I am referring to the obvious synth keyboard sounds, not emulations of other instruments such as the piano that is present in a few songs) with the flute much better (loved the bits on the first track), which is just what I wanted from the album. However I enjoy the flute a bit more as the synth notes are a bit too distracting from the main feel with them being too high toned in comparison, but just as in “Reclusion” they do provide the astral/ethereal feel.


There’s the same good drumming which I begin to feel are computer generated (they’re not mentioned on the back cover). Even if so they hit the right spot needed to create a good sound. I also enjoyed the guitar riffs. As I already mentioned some tracks are more aggressive and they guitar parts play no small role in that. You can tell the artist has gone out of his way to break monotony by always mixing rhythms. On the vocal side of things I’d say the growls provide what they need to though they’re bit faded. I would have liked to hear them more clearly especially on those tracks where the riffs tend to bring the black in pagan black.


Yaromysl tries to constantly change the pace and feel of almost all the songs probably to break monotony. It does manage that but it doesn’t yet find that sweetspot where one part naturally flows into another. Some transitions are forced, abrupt and some listeners like myself take notice of that. Also some songs tie well with each other and this gives the feel of a more consistent work while some jump theme and appear added to meet a quota.


A couple of songs feature a piano part that I think functions quite well as an instrumental intermezzo of sorts on those bits where it’s not accompanied by much else and blends in with the atmosphere when you hear it in the background.


“Stars In The Night Sky” sounds particularly good with the chorus (which is probably the best synth work on the whole album if the drums are in fact “real”). Nice feel of the track and is one of the two I recommend for audition if you want a taste.


Probably the best mix of all the elements are heard in the seventh track, “Return To The Void”. It has a progressive build to the melody and it’s a polished piece from start to finish. It has a slower pace and maybe that’s why I liked it over the rest. You’ll just have to hear it yourselves.


Overall a slight improvement over Yaromysl‘s previous work. I’m much more likely to play this in the background while working since it puts me in a good mood.


Rating: 7.5/10


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Track-list:


1. Balance In Universe 11:52
2. When Breakin Down All The Ideals 05:46
3. Letargy Dream 10:46
4. Stars In The Night Sky 07:44
5. Old Woods 07:47
6. Astral Glow 08:08
7. Return To The Void 11:12
8. When Time Comes To Go Away 07:08


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