Skarntyde are a duo from Germany that plays a very raw and unpolished form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2019 demo "Spurvehauk".
A very dark sound starts off the demo which also introduces melodic guitar leads onto the recording. When t he music speeds up a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw feeling along with the vocals being mostly grim black emtal screams.
All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with the music also being heavily rooted in the 90's Norwegian style. The riffs also add in a decent amount of melody as well as the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, classical style keyboards can also be heard briefly on a few tracks and as the demo progresses a brief use of acoustic guitars can be heard and a small amount of clean vocals are also added onto the closing track.
Skarntyde plays a style of black metal that is very raw and unpolished in the 90's second wave tradition. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Norwegian and are a concept album based upon the hunting behaviour of the sparrow hawk in 5 chapters.
In my opinion Skarntyde are a very great sounding raw and unpolished black metal duo and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this demo. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fokus" and "Fred". 8 out of 10.