Saiva are a solo project from Sweden that plays a folk inspired form of black metal and this is a review of his 2017 album "Markena Bottom" which will be released in October by Nordvis Produktion.
Acoustic guitars start off the album and also bring in elements of folk music along with some percussion's a few seconds later and after a few minutes melodic pagan vocals are added onto the recording and on the second track clean yet distorted playing is added into the music.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and after awhile grim black metal screams start to make their presence known along with some melodic guitar leads while spoken word parts can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and some songs also add in a small amount of atmospheric synths and there is also some session work from members of Tervahaat, Panopticon and Grift.
Saiva plays a musical style that takes atmospheric black metal, pagan and folk music and mixes them together to create something very original, the production sounds very dark while the lyrics are written in Swedish and cover ancient times and nature themes.
In my opinion Saiva are a very great sounding folk inspired black metal solo project and if you are looking for something original, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nordmarkens Alvar" and "Nordan". 8 out of 10.