Iku Turso are a band with members from Finland and the Netherlands that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a folk influenced form of pagan black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Storm Over Isengard" which was released as a joint effort between Wolfspell Records and His Wounds.
A very heavy and melodic sound starts off the ep while folk instruments are also utilized at times along with some pagan singing and chants also being used at times, The riffs also add in a decent amount of melody as well as the vocals being mostly grim sounding black metal screams.
Synths can also be heard at times while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking which also gives the music more of a raw feeling. The songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, acoustic guitars can also be heard briefly and the ep closes with a cover of Satyricon's "Jij Die God Hat". 8 out of 10.
On this recording Iku Turso brings in a style of pagan black metal that is very raw and also mixes in folk music elements. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Finnish and cover Paganism themes with some inspiration from the writings of J.R.R Tolkien.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding recording from Iku Turso are a very great sounding folk influenced pagan black metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Winterwoods" and "Storming The Isengard". 8 out of 10.