The band Bastion, out with their new album ‘Vremya Borby’ lash out with much fury and intensity with their dominating hard-hitting pagan folk metal. The concept of their music lies with the guitar riffs powering through the songs whilst engulfed in rhythmic yet fury driven bass and drums. The vocals on the other hand is the odd one out among the mix but distinctive it may be, the vocals fit into the keyhole that is moulded up by the music.
Authentic folk elements are brought forth by this band along with the overwhelming feeling that consumes and engulfs you in a relentless flurry of beautiful yet enthralling music. Their powerful music powered by the many orchestral instruments that bring in other feelings such as tension and unpredictability into the mix truly shows what this band capable of and this sets them apart from most other bands out there. The best part of every song is the use of the wind instruments and how they are incorporated in the music. It does not power the music nor does it lose focus from it but actually melds to make itself more shown in its own way, showing a unique and dexterous variety of music entirely.
The nature of their music can be described in one word – “Majestic”. This band brings out a very creative yet artistic nature to the music which is sure to please a wide range of listeners. The song ‘Boevaya’ is a stand out. This song in particular is very brilliantly done among all the songs in the album. The song shows extreme intensity which only climbs as the song goes on from the intro to the end. The intense moments are executed well as if it is cinematic in a sense. Thus the band’s music builds up and blows you down with little warning in the midst of an explosive display of furious music cloaked with a sense of beauty and intensity that is the most important aspect of their music.
Listeners will truly appreciate and respect this album as an art form which incorporates a wide variety of genres but does justice to each one of them. Each element of the music complements each other. United among diversity to bring out an artful and majestic form of music that energizes the soul of the listener. A definite must listen for fans of pagan folk metal and is also recommended for anyone looking for conquering dominant music with a twist of beauty coated with it.