Raljarn is a promising progressive metal/djent band I discovered about a year ago with one of his single releases. This time, they are back with their debut album, Practicing Death, which was released on January 21, 2021. For those who haven’t heard about the band before, Raljarn has started their careers with a single called; DarkHuman in 2019. Since then, the band released two more singles, North Omens (2020) and DeadHuman (2020), and their first album, Practicing Death (2021). Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Raljarn is actually a one-mastermind-man project, yet I prefer addressing them as a band because of their form of making music. As some of you might know, I live very close to Soviet culture for a long time. The more I discover my own taste in life, the more I admire their artists’ vision, approach, and originality. For some reason, they struck me as super dark, moody, and depressive in everything they do, and they inspire me a lot. Raljarn is one of those very few promising bands that I know from the mother Russia, who I immediately recognize since I listened to their music for the first time. I often listen to their records on my personal playlists.
There are so many characteristics that I love in Raljarn. First of all, they have Russian/Scandinavian vibes in their music, image, and visuals, which I believe is a powerful feature. Scandinavians, hands down, simply are one of the greatest metalheads in the world, if not the greatest. In our case, Practicing Death is a top-class sounding album with a modern but thematic approach to its songwriting, super complex compositions with djent instrumentation, dark vibes, and the constant necessary aggression. It won’t be a mistake to define their music as a perfect blend of old school Scandinavian black metal darkness with the modern djent understanding. He has the theme, atmosphere, and powerful vibes, unlike other djent bands out there. You never feel like the focus is actually on the instrumentation, even though they have satisfying guitar playing and fat guitars all throughout the album. The important thing here is actually the dark mood, which I love about them. The overall feeling in every song is powerful enough to leave its taste in your memory. Well, that is actually more than the overall atmosphere; it is also the vocals and the path that guitars follow.