Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Vermilia - "Katkyt" [2018]

Artist: Vermilia
Title: Katkyt
Genre: Melodic Black/Pagan Metal
Country: Finland
Release date: 2018

Track List:

  1. Äiti Maa
  2. Vedestä Vieraantunut
  3. Haudoille
  4. Poissa
  5. Saattaja
  6. Maisema
  7. Sanattomat Laulut
  8. Mustan Taivaan Morsian

 This album is easily one of my most interesting metal discoveries of this year (even if it was released in 2018). I saw Vermilia being recommended as "a better version of Myrkur without all the drama" and decided to give it a try, especially after seeing that the lyrics are in Finnish, and wasn't disappointed at all. There's not much info about Vermilia except it's an one-female metal project from Finland: "Her music is a mix of Epic Scandinavian Pagan Metal and sweet, raw and melancholic vocal harmonies with lyrics in her native language", and that's pretty much all. However, the music is really great atmospheric black/folk metal straight from the woods of Finland, with very hypnotic vocals (especially on more folk-influenced tracks like "Maisema"):

And as a bonus, here's an awesome cover version of a famous song "Täällä Pohjantähden Alla" ("Here under the Northstar"). Compared to the rest of Vermilia's stuff, it's more influenced by gothic metal and symphonic black metal, and if you're new to her music, I'd strongly advise to start from this song:

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