Aiumeen Basoa – Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik

I do not listen to very much black metal, but over the past few years, I had stumbled upon folk-influenced black metal bands, like Negura Bunget. I then looked for metal bands from the Basque region of Spain, where my family is from. Aiumeen Basoa hails from the Basque Country in northern Spain. They play folk-influenced black metal replete with Basque and European folk instruments. The black metal style vocals are entirely in the Basque language. The Basque language is one of the oldest languages in the world and has no other known linguistic relative, so the atmosphere of this album is unique. Lyrically the album deals with Basque mythology and folk tales. Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik is Aiumeen Basoa‘s only album thus far, but an incredible one at that. Kantauriko Trabain Erruak opens the album with some acoustic guitar, accordion, and violin that lead into folk metal. Blast beats and black metal screams explode onto the scene momentarily, then folk metal return. This song goes through a number of changes as black metal growls and female vocals take their turns all to the elegant atmosphere provided by keyboards. Jentil Odola pummels with blast beats and black metals screams right off the bat, then slows down for some violin accompanied by female vocals and later clean male vocals, until metal makes its return. Aiumeen Basoa finds a great balance between folk instrumentation that utilizes traditional Basque instruments and various styles of metal. This is the case on all six tracks that make up this marvelous album. Ekaitzaren Begitik begins with clean male and female vocals with a majestic atmosphere before deep growls take the song in a metal direction. The closing title track closes off Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik with more of the epic folk metal that made up the rest of the album. The production of Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik is of very high quality and sounds as good as better known bands. The production and sound of the album very much reminds me of Israel’s Orphaned Land‘s album, Mabool, but obviously with Basque and European sounds. The music fluidly flows between folk instrumentation, black metal, and other forms of metal, which should make it appealing to fans from a variety of metal genres. If you like folk styled black metal or folk metal, then Aiumeen Basoa is definitely a band to check out. I highly recommend this album.

Genre: Black Metal, Folk Metal
Country: Spain
Label: Erzsebet Records
Release: May 15, 2010

1. Kantauriko Trabain Erruak
2. Jentil Odola
3. Aintzinako Guduen Oroimenak
4. Akelarrearen Sua
5. Ekaitzaren Begitik
6. Arlekina (Aiumeen Basoa)

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