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Pod Niebem Utkanym Z Popiołu
June 2015
Released: 2015, Self Released
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

Jarun is a black metal with progressive/alternative and folk influences hailing from Poland, a country producing many unexpected, interesting and hidden gems within its music scenes. After a long period of silence they're back with their latest full length release.

The album opens with some intense wailing guitar screeches, before a melodic clean guitar is introduced. It builds up until the drums kick in, followed by rolling bass groove. The structure isn't very tight, it's quite avant-garde. The second track offers a much blacker metal experience with it's intense shredding. The resonant bass tone adds a nice touch, and at times there are some hints of melodic black metal coming through, before it eventually unfolds into a pleasantly melodic clean guitar section which descends into something almost alternative sounding.

As the album goes on it's almost as though there are some more conventional compositions hidden under the convolution. Imagine painting a masterpiece and then ripping it to pieces and then making an abstract collage out of it, that's the impression I'm getting at times. As somebody who likes my music melodic and more structured at the moment, I can't help but extract and extrapolate what I want to hear.

Towards the end of the fourth track there's some rather atmospheric guitar work complimented nicely by the drum rhythm. Just as I'm about to question where the folk actually is on this album, he fifth track opens with the folkiest influences found so far on the release. At times they achieve an almost ethereal sound despite all the distortion. At times the drumming moves towards an almost power-metal style. There's a lot going on, basically.

Jarun offer more than the empty soulless shredding that has put me off a lot of black metal. It has soul, it has feeling, but, although it's probably intentional, it does seem a bit all over the place. One annoyance I found throughout the album was the little pop at the end of each track as though the file or recording had ended too soon.

In summary, it's an above average album that has its moments.

By Jacob Ovington
Track Listing

1. Przedświt 04:29
2. Kamienie 06:5403. Zawołaj mnie, a przyjdę 05:53
4. Pod niebem utkanym z popiołu 05:44
5. Cisy 02:37
6.Noc niedokończona 06:00
7. Trzy śmierci 07:18
8. Piołun 05:25
9. Jak wiatr 10:34


Meph – vocals
Pazuzu – drums
Radogost – bass
Rolsen – guitar
Zagreus - guitar

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