JARUN – SPORYSZ

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Arachnophobia Records
Distributor/label URL: http://arachnophobia.pl/
Released: 2017
Buy Album: https://jarun.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/jarunband/

BAND LINE-UP:

Mateusz Kujawa – vocals
Marcin “Pazuzu” Pazera – drums
Dawid Wierzbicki – bass
Krzysztof “Gambit” Stanisz – guitars
Jakub “Zagreus” Olchawa – guitars

TRACKLISTING:

1. Sporysz
2. Powidoki
3. Jesień wieczności
4. Wichry
5. Sny jak ziemia, sny jak rzeka
6. Malowany ogień

REVIEW:

If I ever see/hear the term ‘prog rock’, I usually groan a little inside.  For me, it’s a bit like flapjacks.  My experience of both of them has usually been other people claiming how great they are, sometimes showing off some they’ve made, and I typically end up with a dry, bland, oaty mouthful to chew through joylessly.

Continuing the baked goods analogy, occasionally I have a flapjack that is absolutely delicious, and takes me somewhat by surprise.  So it has been with ‘Jarun’.  ‘Jarun’ is a Polish outfit that has it’s origins circa a decade ago, with the guitarist mixing some folk instruments and themes with black metal.  2012 saw the first full-length album entitled ‘Wziemiozstąpienie’, then “Pod niebem utkanym z popiołu” (“Under a sky woven from the ashes”), thus ‘Sporysz’ is the third album.

Describing any of their music is tricky as it still retains traces of the folk beginnings through to some undoubtedly black metal – with a lot of other bits in between, from growling to falsetto.  Opening and title track ‘Sporysz’ is fantastic, starting with a pretty gothy bass, building throughout.  There’s almost a Bauhaus-y kind of sound to it, which can only be a good thing, before getting into proper black metal drumming (it’s well over eight minutes long).  This and the final track ‘Malowany ogień’ are probably my favourites, but the each and every track is worthy of a listen.

The standard of musicianship is exemplary. They explore incredible amounts of dynamics and rhythms – it’s really ‘musicians’ music if that doesn’t sound too pretentious.

I’m really glad I got to listen to this – it’s something different I never knew I needed, as is their back work.  I urge you to check it out ASAP.

REVIEWED BY BOB DAVIDSON
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