CD REVIEW Oprich / Piarevaracien / Chur

Band: Oprich / Piarevaracien / Chur
Title: Triunity
Label: Casus Belli Musica
Distribution: Casus Belli Musica
Release date: June 15th 2012
Review: split-CD

Triunity has been created as a concept, as an idea behind kinship, the historical and cultural way. It’s a trespassing of national borders, it’s a focus on common roots and brotherhood throughout centuries of permanent evolution. It’s a means to express a mutual passion for their Slavonic identity at the one hand, as well as their passion for Folk Metal at the other. Triunity is a split with three bands from three (sort of) befriended countries from the former USSR: Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. It’s a statement of national pride that needs no narrow-mindedly created official borders.

Each of them appear with three tracks, and the whole lasts for forty four minutes. Yet a warning be said: don’t expect any Pagan-Black Metal to hear; this compilation puts its finger on Tradition and Folk, and not necessarily aggression or war-lust.

Triunity opens with Russia’s Oprich, a Folk Metal formation founded almost fifteen years ago, and therefore the ‘oldest’ band on this split. It’s not their first acknowledgement with Chur (see further); there was a split by those two acts before: Z Moroku & Ognecvet, released in 2008 through Stellar Winter.
This band’s Pagan / Folk Metal comes with somewhat theatrical clean vocals, slightly epic melodies, a powerful rhythm section and the undeniably important use of flutes, which do take a leading role. Besides, the band makes use of some other ‘traditional’ instruments as well from time to time. The songs are written very carefully for sure, and go way beyond the local scene when it comes to the musical approach. Therefore fans of the Celtic, Alpine, Scandinavian and Baltic scene (amongst many others, of course) will appreciate this band.

Next come Minsk, Belarus, based act Piarevaracien (which means something like ‘werewolf’), a Pagan-band that started in the middle of former decade. They did release a couple of full lengths before, which did well in the local Folk / Pagan-scene, but this band did not ‘reach’ outside former CCCP’s borders - yet.
This band’s Folk is much ‘softer’ than any of their previous efforts, and it certainly isn’t as heavy as its both colleagues presented on this album. Piarevaracien now mainly focus on acoustic melodies, which narrows the border with the Neo-Folk scene. Here too the use of flutes is enormously of importance. However, I think these are too overwhelmingly presented in general, and therefore slightly irritating (especially in Ranak). Vocally, this Belarusian act dwells within Folk Rock spheres as well.

The split-album, which comes in a rather limited (and hand-numbered) edition, ends with Ukraine’s Chur, a band that originally started as a one-man band in 2005. They might be especially known for their 2009-Casus Belli Musica-release Lykho, which was pretty well received all over the borderless (read: international) Pagan-areas.
Chur are the most ‘typical’ Pagan / Folk-project on this split, using a wide variety on traditional instruments, including acoustic guitars. The vocals are built upon shamanistic chants with the addition of some epic harmony choirs, and musically seen the combination of Folk-Rock and Metal is the most impressing on Triunity. Chur make use of keyboards too, are more varying than both other bands, and come with the best production quality of them.

I won’t give a score, not for each band separated, not a general one, for these three bands being too distinctive from each other, and because, well, just because.
Personally I prefer Chur, yet I think it is a nice collection with something for everyone, this Triunity.

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Ivan Tibos.