Jarun – Sporysz (2017)

Jarun

Sporysz

Unsigned/Independent

If you’re not aware of Jarun, the easiest way to explain their sound is basically, “Poland’s Opeth.” But when I mention Poland’s Opeth, I’m talking about a style closer to the band’s heavier works, like Morningrise, My Arms, Your Hearse and Still Life; which are celebrated among fans and will be influences for decades to come. Though what separates Jarun from being an Opeth clone is their implementation of folk music, which brings out a completely original take on the progressive death metal style. The record also contains more than few light moments of atmosphere to deviate from the death metal bashing, which doesn’t always come with a harsh vocal. The frontman definitely has a fierce rasp, but he will also use a type of aggressive clean vocal to get his point across. Things can also get a bit fiery too, with the brackish opener and title track which comes off bipolar as it switches from a light, calming melody to absolute fucking mayhem. The vocals here are performed in the band’s native, but music in general is quite universal and I can feel the emotion conveyed behind the incredible bursts of rage that open “Powidoki.” But despite the amount of fire unleashed here, there is an amazingly deep soundscape latched in the middle which gives the piece an ethereal feel.

Again, Sporysz is a very sporadic sort of album, but it’s also quite classy and done with an attention to taste and song structure. The rest of the disc seems to capture this feel, with a mixture between acoustics, pounding death metal and even some high-pitched vocals that feel like they were taken from power metal. Though the album’s closer “Malowany Ogień” is completely different, taking heavily from post-metal and adding in some saxophone for a nice, unique solo performance that isn’t locked down to guitar. Best of all, the record comes with a wonderful production job which allows for a great sense of clarity thoughout. It’s still raw in areas, but that sense of rawness is just the sort of approach that I would want for this kind of album. Intense and at times beautiful, these Polish progressive death metallers have certainly knocked it out of the park with this one. If you’re a fan of Opeth or similar, I would highly recommend picking up this album. It’s the unique take to progressive detah metal that we need, and it has enough charm to stand out as something altogether different. Not too shabby, gentlemen.

(6 Tracks, 43:00)

8/10

Purchase HERE (Bandcamp)

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