Let's get one thing straight: the only reason I downloaded this album was because of the ridiculous winged wolf on the cover. Just look at that thing. I have a feeling that these guys couldn't afford to have someone paint a cool album cover, so they decided to fire up a pirated version of Photoshop and make themselves a winged wolf. They probably thought this looked super cool when they created it, but to everyone else, it just looks unintentionally hilarious. But let's get serious here. Яровит is an NSBM band from the Russian city of Volgograd. They formed in 2002, released two demos, then released a compilation called Зов Симаргла in 2006, which is essentially just those two demos in one package. Will their music be as bad as the cover art? Let's find out.
This album isn't really bad so much as it is boring. In fact, the music isn't really black metal so much as it is folk. I'll start by focusing on what little black metal there is. First of all, the production is incredibly weak. I can barely hear the guitars at all. I have to constantly strain my ears in order to figure out what exactly is going on. The drums are programmed and mainly stick to performing simple mid-paced rhythms. There are a few points where they perform some blast beats, but they sound dull and lifeless.
There are hardly any vocals on this album, but when they do show up, they consist of a bunch of quiet and heavily distorted rasps that utterly fail at holding my interest. They're not terrible by any means, they're just generic and run of the mill. As I said before, I can hardly hear the guitars, but from what I've been able to make out, they mainly play a bunch of stale, generic riffs that have been done to death. There's nothing new or exciting at all.
As for the folk elements, they sound all sorts of cheesy. They mainly consist of a bunch of symphonic keyboards that try their damnedest to sound like Lord of the Rings, but just sound like a cheap imitation instead. The only part of this performance I like are the traditional slavic instruments, such as that guitar that has sort of a twangy sound to it. (I'm afraid I don't know that instrument's actual name. Can someone fill me in on what that instrument is called?)
This album was a real disappointment. I thought it was going to be hilariously bad, but instead, it's just boring. I can't believe these assholes wasted that ridiculous winged wolf cover art on a bunch of boring shit.