SILENT STREAM OF GODLESS ELEGY - Navaz CD
Season of Mist
Genre: Folk Metal
Well first off I must admit that this band flew under my Folk Metal radar and they've been around for a while to boot. To add salt to the wound they're from the Czech Republic, have seven band members, male and female lead vocals, sing in their native language and the only non metal instruments played are violin and cello. OK I can die now especially since the female vocalist of this band, Hanka Hajdová, has the cords of a Slavonic goddess and clearly takes over more of the lead parts. In a way this band is like a Czech version of LACUNA COIL with a cello player and some touches of Doom. But with all of that much of Navaz is upbeat with plenty of folk structures which are played to a fervor with the metal/hard rock sounding instruments. Once in a while there's a stand out cut like "Samodiva" which is epic doom played under this band's formula. It's a duet between Hanka and her male counterpart Pavel "Hrnec" Hrncir with plenty of cello overlay. Speaking of Pavel his addition to the vocals are mostly death metal gruff style but once in a while he'll break out some clean vocals. The cello and violin playing by Michal "Siki" Sykora takes a standout position amongst the instruments. He's responsible for all the leads where as the guitar is simply held as a riff machine. In a way I find this release to be pure elegance in a metal way of course. One or two of the upbeat folkish numbers tend to be more on the pop side of the aisle. But there's also some death metal influences within that balances things out. In the end I'm thinking they're a real party atmosphere band when they play live.