Having just jammed their new album I thought I would go back and listen to their previous. Schwarzpfad is one of my favorite folk/heathen black metal albums. I know that sounds very specific but trust me, there’s a lot of folky/heathen black metal out there. Just in the Ukraine where Kroda hail from there are multiple bands, incredible bands, that play this sort of black metal. Kroda have this style down and while the genre is often encumbered by its cliches, Kroda know how to use those to their advantage and make an epic sounding album without being cheeseball. Yes, even the flutes work well with the speed and ferocity of the black metal. It’s a melodic journey through a dark forest of awesome.