Bitter frozen and cold Black Metal, intensely aggressive. Very guitar
driven, drums are heavy and driven; vocals are chilling and distant
(via deep reverb). Musicianship is decent, production is low but not
too bad. (Note- this link is a shared label link. All three songs are
Absolutely raging Black Metal! Excellent use of aggressive tempos even
in the “slow” parts, but with no loss of melody or harmony.
Beautiful female vocals, ambient sound effects, and haunting keys offset
and compliment the absolute brutality of the hammering drums and shredding
guitars. The main vocals sound like razors of pure ice, and interludes
of acoustic pieces punctuate the dark atmosphere perfectly. My fave
pick is “First Born Snow”.
Heavily melodic with an assortment of different instrument sounds, from
brass horns and flutes to classical piano, but no sacrifice in utter
brutality when it is applied. The vocals change from grim to clean and
back, and in both cases they are excellent. A high level of musicianship
is displayed throughout, with emphasis on the guitars and keys. The
drumming is insane in parts, absolutely vicious. My fave pick is “Planeshift”.
Beautifully done Symphonic Black Metal, with incredibly melodic overtures
and harmonization so thick you could cut it. Moaning guitars, deep keys,
and heavy drumming set the atmosphere that is completed by the frozen
and bitter vocals. Musicianship is very well done, production ok. My
fave pick is “Outcast”.
Excellent Black/Death. Guitars have a buzzing distortion that makes
for a very raw sound without having the bad recording that usually follows
such a sound. The vocals are more Death than Black, and the overall
composition is interesting. The piano piece totally works, as do the
keys. An effort well done. My fave pick is “Mists Of Eternity”
Symphonic Black Metal that is heavily atmospheric and melodic. Duet
of grim male and clean female vocals work perfectly, as well as the
flute and keys combined. The guitars drive through crisply, and the
drumming is well done, be it a slower back beat or an all out assaulting
blast that defines the rest of the tempo. Musicianship is perfect, production
is very good.
Amazingly atmospheric Symphonic Black Metal, very driven and intense
yet maintaining a purely mystical feel. Abrasive and grim male vocals
are offset by absolutely beautiful operatic female vocals, deeply mournful
and haunting keys add to the overall atmosphere, the guitars range from
heavy grinds to almost light classical, and the drumming is explosive.
Musicianship is excellent, production is good. (Note- this link is a
shared label link. All three songs are not Shadow Gard)
Goth influenced mid-tempo Black Metal. Has a “theatrical”
feel to it, uses ambient sound effects and deep keys, as well as mixed
guitars, blasting drumming, and very bitter vocals. Musicianship is
good, production is decent. My fave pick is “ÐŸÐ¾ÑÐ»ÐµÐ´Ð½Ð¸Ð¹
(No, that isn’t a typo, that is what is on the MP3 site).
Highly polished Symphonic Black Metal with Goth and Dark Ambient elements,
ranges from atmospheric and emotional to straightforward blasting aggression.
Keys sound a bit odd in parts, but work well overall. Guitars and vocals
both have that “distant” feel to them via reverb and echoed
distortion. Musicianship is very well done, production is decent. My
fave pick is “Thinking…”