JUODVARNIS is a dark metal band from Vilnius, Lithuania. The band began in 2011 as a heavy metal act and after few shows, with no records released, they were invited to play one of the biggest Baltic folk festivals “Mėnuo Juodaragis”. After that show the band soon established themselves as a one of the fastest growing metal bands in Lithuania.
In 2014 JUODVARNIS released their first full-length album “Šauksmai Iš Praeities” (“Cries from the Past”) and after the release their popularity grew even more. In that same year the band played metal festivals in Lithuania, shows in neighboring countries and also won a national “Wacken Metal Battle” competition, that granted them a place in WOA’s line-up. After an intense summer the band started working on the second album “Mirusio Žmogaus Kelione” (“Journey of a Dead Man”). It was released independently in February of 2016 and supported by a tour.
During the period from 2016 to 2019 the band had some lineup changes and encountered personal problems as well. This was fertile soil for creation of a third album. After a two-year creative process, a new body of work emerged called “Days of Disquiet”. An illustration of both the band’s struggles during the process and the world of the human of today. The most mature opus from the band to date. It was recorded, mixed and mastered through 2019-2020 and it is on the way to be released. Now the band is planning the release and future tours in these Days of Disquiet.
JUODVARNIS’ lyrics are in Lithuanian, one of the oldest and archaic languages. The sound of the band has been influenced by many sub-genres of metal, prog-rock, tribal and film music. Members of the band are also active members of the scene in other ways: mixing sound in local gigs, studio recording, producing and teaching.