downfall of nur – umbras de barbagia (2015)

i’m not a fan of folk metal. music is personal taste and folk metal albums, for the great part, do not appeal to me. there is something uplifting about folk music that does not fit (black) metal. however, in the case of downfall of nur’s debut, the “folk” part, pretty solemn and masterfully played, lays the foundations and sets the mood for amazing partitions of atmospheric black metal. interludes continue along the album with recurring themes and spacious time and repetitions for the melodies and atmosphere to build. besides the obvious cultural theme, the one-man (italian / argentinian) band conveys the message and the feeling as he wishes. being precise and artful in composition and execution, the only possible letdown may be the sloppiness in rare blast beats. the title track is my favourite.