Posted in metal | music on June 27, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

The one-man Russian black metal band Sivyj Yar took us by surprise on Invisible Oranges last year with his fantastic third album The Dawns Were Drifting As Before. (Russia doesn't have the same cross-over as Europe). Not wasting a beat, Sivyj Yar is prepping a new album, From the Dead Villages' Darkness and the single "Distant Haze Was Arising" is streaming in this post. It's a stunner that should appeal to fans of Agalloch, older Alcest, Woods of Desolation and the like -- the melodic brand of black metal with folksy touches hits a sweet spot. Here's what we had to say about it on Invisible Oranges:

The scope of this song is enormous. Pagan-approved grooves transition to pensive interludes to soaring blasts, ascending and descending with serious majesty on a backbone of rock solid riffs. It's invigorating as hell. The strings on this are excellent, Dornenreich level as Ian put it but less a focus and a bit grander at the same time in my opinion, a smattering of tasteful acoustics, some bowed, some not, that mesh better with howled, raspy, slightly DSBM style vocals than anyone could have imagined. Like on other Sivyj Yar material, the bass is more lively, quirky almost, than what is typical of black metal.
You can stream "Distant Haze Was Arising" below and look for the Dead Villages' Darkness on the Italian label Avantgarde Music this fall.

Speaking of Agalloch, the band's tour hits Irving Plaza on Monday (6/30) with Jex Thoth. That show is presented by Invisible Oranges and tickets are still available.

Sivyj Yar stream below...

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Comments (15)

Doesn't "band" mean more than one member by definition?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 11:35 AM

"Pagan-approved grooves"

Just in case you ever begin to think of music writing as a legitimate skill, visit BV to be constantly proven otherwise.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 11:37 AM

Is there a pagan board? How does one get pagan endorsement? Is there a governance body? I suppose there would be several; how are discrepancies and grievances settled?

I'm a little fuzzy on the "pagan-approved" bit, Ray.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 11:50 AM

While we're at it, this sentence makes Sacher look like fucking Shakespeare.

"The strings on this are excellent, Dornenreich level as Ian put it but less a focus and a bit grander at the same time in my opinion, a smattering of tasteful acoustics, some bowed, some not, that mesh better with howled, raspy, slightly DSBM style vocals than anyone could have imagined."

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 11:55 AM

"(Russia doesn't have the same cross-over as Europe)."

What does this sentence actually mean? Is it regarding flight patterns? Author please explain.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 12:39 PM

Pagan-approved, yes. But is it Putin-approved?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 2:20 PM

12:39 made me laugh out loud. Fuck yeah, 12:39. Fuck yeah!

Posted by E.L. Fudge | June 27, 2014 3:17 PM

What the fuck did I just read?

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 3:23 PM

Fuck, 7 time zones away and you fucking sausages are still as regressive and assheaded as the breed we got here. Amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 3:37 PM

^ Flamed scarf

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 3:43 PM

^ fruity sausage

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 4:47 PM

^ Mouse with no comebacks

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 5:51 PM

lol funny as fock wot duz diz shit meen lol

thx 11:35 - 12:29 milk came out my nose lol

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 6:39 PM

lol i had to read it again lol

at least ad in (sic)s lol

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 6:41 PM

when is BV gonna hire a copy editor for fucks sake!! sacher writes like a child

Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2014 7:16 PM

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