As of late I have been seeking a new post/atmospheric band in the black metal community and through my diving in the deep abyss of metal, I have found it. Skyforest. Skyforest is post/atmospheric black metal band hailing from Russia. Even more amazing is it is a solo project lead by a man who refers to himself as B.M. or Bogdan Makarov. Personally this album features it all for me. From the builds of atmosphere to the breaks of melancholic melodies. Not only does one hear black metal influences, one hears the sounds of folk in his work as well, providing us with a break and sometimes build into the next piece of the songs. “Unity” was his second album released in 2016 followed by “Aftermath” in 2014. B.M. was in one other solo project prior his creation of Skyforest known as Autumn’s Kingdom. Autumn’s Kingdom was another atmospheric black metal band that chances are I will also enjoy and jam to. What makes this album so successful in my opinion are the breaks between the heaviness, providing us with a chance to pick up a solid tempo. For example the song “Fading Glow,” is a short 3:55 minute song divides two loud songs. Just listen to the start of “The Swan” and you will see what I am getting at. Even if you are not a fan of raspy, stereotypical black metal vocals, you will be relieved to know that not every song has that style of vocals. In fact B.M. switches often from dirty to clean. Using the builds in riffs and melodies to determine what vocal style is best to use and where. The only real negative thing I have to say about this album is most of the instruments are computer instruments, for a lack of better terms and to keep this review simple. What I mean by that is the violins are not real violins, they sound good but they would sound better with real people playing them and recording them. The builds they provide are momentous but blatantly “fake.” With all of this being said, I rate “Unity” by Skyforest a solid 80% for its creativity and ambition, being this was all one man.