Bureviy- Concealed Beyond the Space

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ukranian black metal band Bureviy formed back in 2007, but it wasn’t until recently that they began to put out recorded material. After a self-released demo in 2013 the group signed with Darker than Black Records and has put out their full length debut Concealed Beyond the Space. Like quite a few of the other genre acts from the region there is an emphasis on sweeping folk influenced passages and a healthy dose of traditional heavy metal and rock mixed in with the abrasive black metal. The biggest difference is that unlike so many other folk/pagan groups, Bureviy has focused entirely on traditional guitar/bass riffs rather than implementing keyboards or other instrumentals into the mix. It’s a nice change of pace that is able to maintain a good balance between the warmer folk atmosphere and bone chilling metal instrumentation and vocals, and while not every moment is able to hit its mark there is plenty of potential on display that hints at even greater things on the horizon.

Following a softer intro that starts things off with a folk influenced acoustic guitar riff, Bureviy kicks right into their harsher black metal and amps up the energy level significantly. Each of the seven tracks follows a similar pattern of alternating between aggressive instrumentation with that familiar chill and softer riffing that ups the atmosphere significantly and adds to the folk/pagan feel of the record. But Concealed Beyond the Space doesn’t just throw some cleaner guitar work into the second wave black metal template and call it a day, as there are also hints of traditional heavy metal in some of the leads that make it feel as though the group is trying to switch things up a bit more frequently than some of their peers. It’s a fairly lengthy album, coming in at around forty four minutes in length, but it never feels like any of that time is wasted and the riffs are able to build to a consistent amount of intensity and keep a mysterious and entrancing atmosphere throughout each piece. However, while Bureviy is able to generally avoid repetition the songs don’t always seem to reach their absolute peak level and some of the transitions between the distorted and acoustic guitar work seems a bit awkward at times. It’s never enough to make you want to turn this one off, but there are moments where the instrumentals seem to be building to a climax they don’t quite reach and because of this it does seem as though there is room for additional growth.

There are two vocalists in this group, and this is likely to be the area where listeners will either be drawn in or immediately decide they hate this record. The reason for this is that Bureviy’s female vocalist White Fury delivers one of the highest pitched shrieks I’ve heard in black metal in recent memory, and it’s so abrasive and raw that it instantly sent chills down my spine. It’s one of those pitches that leave no room for a middle ground between love and hate, but given my continued interest in the most extreme variants metal of this type has to offer it was an element of the group’s music that drew me in. In between all of the wailing and shrieking, Nemezis provides a much softer clean range that is much more in line with the folk/pagan metal style. By itself it wouldn’t necessarily differentiate the material that much from some of the others out there, but the combination of these polar opposite vocal styles works extremely well. My one complaint is that the harsher pitches are just a bit too prominent in the recording, to the point that they sometimes overshadow some of the stronger riffs the album has to offer. I’m usually all for a layer of separation between the vocals and instrumentals, but I think in Bureviy’s case mixing them a little bit closer together could make a difference.

Eastern Europe has plenty of bands that are doing the pagan black metal sound extremely well, and while Bureviy isn’t at the top just yet they’re far better than many of the amateur sounding projects that came across my desk over the years. Rather than simply throwing in some folk instrumentation and calling it a day they seem to be striving to really weave the somber atmosphere and sheer aggression together in a powerful way, and they’re not too far off from fully reaching that peak level. As they continue to progress as songwriters I suspect the climaxes will become even more stunning and truly captivate listeners, but for now Concealed Beyond the Space’s certainly not a bad start and this band is one that should be worth continuing to follow.


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