Power of Metal.dk Review

Thy Worshiper
Czarna Dzika Czerwien
Style: Pagan Metal
Release date: 18 February, 2014
Playing time: 46:22

Wow, this is something else. Not only do I not understand a word because this is all sung in Polish, it is also musically something you don't exactly hear every day.

Thy Worshiper from Wroclaw in Poland have been around since 1993 and released their debut album, 'Popiol', in 1996. A second album came out in 2005, whereafter they disbanded. Coming together again four years later, Thy Worshiper did demos and finally recorded this album, 'Czarna Dzika Czerwien' (which apparently means 'Black Savage Red'). If you imagine a blend of Dead Can Dance and Moonspell, you're pretty much there. And what does this mean? It means weird, ancient instruments, a beautiful, chanting, almost mesmerizing female voice, mixed with double bass drums, distortion and a brutal growl.

As I've already indicated, it's not the usual kettle of tea, and to be honest, it took me a few spins to get into 'Czarna Dzika Czerwien'. I'm particularly fond of the female vocal parts, which I find hauntingly beautiful. The death metal parts offer a stark contrast to the quieter female dominated sections, and thus offer surprising wake up calls throughout the album.

Listen with an open mind!

1. Piach
2. Czarny
3. Deszcz
4. Drzewa
5. Zniwa
6. Wiatr
7. Na pochybel
8. Ogien
9. Zima
Label: Pagan Records
Promotion: Pagan Records
Artwork rating: 75/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 31 March, 2014
Website: Thy Worshiper @bandcamp