Every so often, a band pops up that catches my attention because they jump into a crowded genre and just show everyone else how itโ€™s done. This is absolutely Havukruunu.

Havukruunu are a Finnish pagan black metal band and, put bluntly, their latest album Uinuos Syรถmein Sota is basically flawless. Itโ€™s just 46 minutes of the most brilliantly performed, well produced, utterly frosty black metal.

The vocals are commanding, bouncing between pained snarls and bold chanting, while the icy riffs slice through the rhythm section with invigorating melodies.

Havukruunu are a band reminding the world just how beautiful and incredible black metal can be, and their trajectory will only go up from here.