Style: Symphonic Pagan Metal
Release date: November 13th 2009

When they started back in 2002 this Russian band played symphonic black metal, but with the years passing by they turned more into a very symphonic kind of Pagan metal act. The black metal vocals are gone for the biggest part and have been replaced with more aggressive and a few gang-singing ones. As a matter of fact there are not so many vocal parts on this album. "To Far Worlds" and "Blud Flower" are nice arranged instrumentals and on the other songs the singer hasn't many lyrics (in Russian) either.

Musically the guys have it all together and offer us a big variety. Bombastic symphonic metal songs with Slavonic melodies combined with classical heavy metal guitar solos. Heavy songs with nice chop down riffs such as the opening song "Apeiron"; a Korpiklaani kind of track such as "Slava Rusi" is alternated with serene tracks such as "Slava Rusi" part II, with female vocals and violins. And if that isn't enough, they offer an electro kind of track with a very contagious beat that could easily be played at a dance-party.

All in all a very variable album with many styles. I advise you to listen to it more than once before making a judgement on this one. It could be that we are going to hear more from them in the years to come.


01. Apeiron

02. To Far Worlds

03. Blud Flower

04. Slava Rusi

05. Slava Rusi (feat. Silenzium)

06. Slavianskaia Sila (Elias Remix)

07. Flower of Universe

Label: CD- Maximum
Distribution: CD- Maximum
Promotion: Metal Revelation
Reviewed by:

Reinier de Vries

Date: April 2nd 2010
Website: www.myspace.com/welicoruss