Sivyj Yar is a one man black metal band that hails from Russia. Burial Shrouds is the newest release in his catalogue and is the conclusion of a trilogy of albums that began with the release titled The Dawns Were Drifted As Before. According to the solo act, these songs in Burial Shrouds are focused on “those who have gone into oblivion, and the memories of whom we have lost”. Needless to say, the album explores the more emotional side of black metal and touches on things that aren’t just about Satan and being as cold and blasphemous as possible, which is a nice change of pace.
Through the entirety of the release you can feel the loss and the emotion that is behind each song. The feeling and the sorrowful connotations are palpable throughout this release. Not every song is played at a bone splintering pace as each song has slower sections that really let the music and the message sink in.
On the flip side, there is that addition of black metal scourge that is played at a faster pace that gets the heart racing. For the entirety of Burial Shrouds lone wold Vladimir does a great job of mixing the two together, as well as some atmospheric elements to create a tangible feeling and to connect with the listener.
Each of the six songs that are present on this release take you through a story and an array of emotions. There is never a moment where you feel as though you are just listening to another album. Instead you feel as though something is being played out before you, a story is being unfurled and displayed before your eyes.
Sivyj Yar paints wonderful soundscapes with great song craft and musicianship. Each song is touching, and yet it can bite at the same time if you aren’t careful. Burial Shrouds takes you on a journey like experience through spirit filled forests. You end up becoming lost among the music as it takes you mind and drifts it across snowy plains.
Riffs vary between soft spoken melodies and harsher faster pace face peeling riffs as drums writhe and rumble along rhythmically. There is a bass presence that is soothing and somehow emits a calm buzzing. Over the freezing riffs and emotional melodies, the vocals are screeched and screamed at a high pitch octave that could be heard blocks down the street.
Burial Shrouds isn’t just an album, it is an experience that takes more than a couple of listens to let sink in. It is an album that really is a journey that does make your mind drift and wander through the soundscapes that Sivyj Yar provides. It is a good listen, one that takes time to understand, but one that should not be looked over.