Ukranian Folk Metal

April 5, 2016


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Sectorial is yet another in the stream of untapped metal talent from the Ukraine.  Playing a union of chaotic, thrashy death metal with traditional folk instrumentation, they definitely do things a bit differently then some others I have heard in the style.  I do hear some hints of their countrymen, Nokturnal Mortum, but overall they keep their sound pretty distinct.  The band has been around for a few years, but with this latest outing, perhaps they can get their name more out there.

Beginning with what I dig about We Are the Titan's Risking Ashes, the folk instruments really stand out.  Strings, flutes, and of course the jaw harp all make numerous appearances.  This is most pleasing on the instrumental interlude, "The Embers."  I'd like to see the band continue to expand on these ideas a la Equilibrium, but while maintaining their intensity.  I also quite enjoyed "Young Shoots" and "Abysmal."  These track hit hard, fast, and with intent.  I attribute a lot of this to the drumming, which is amazingly played throughout the album.

But alas, I do have some qualms with this release as well.  The main offender seems to be the production, which feels dense and unbalanced.  The vocals and drums are so loud I can barely hear the guitar half of the time.  It's a shame too, because these Russian(?) growls are extremely potent, but start to get a little berating at this volume.  A little more finesse in the studio could go a long way.  I also feel that the songs kind of roam all over the place, which can be fine if they are united by a common thread.  At times things just seem to jump around too much.  Nothing too rough, but noticable.

All in all though, I am happy with Sectorial and what they have done here.  I enjoy the album enough to want to see what they do next.  Who knows what a little more writing and studio time could lead to.  The band members all know how to play their instruments quite well, and the resulting sound is dark and imposing for sure.  Just don't lose that drummer.  He's definitely a keeper.  Hopefully he won't be offended when you take his volume down a notch or two.