Russia's solo project Astarium has returned with a new recording which continues the symphonic and atmospheric style of occult black metal from his previous releases and this is a review of his 2020 single "Dragon Of Wallachia" which was released by Skaventhrone.
Dark soundscapes start off the ep along with some grim black metal screams a few seconds later which also takes the music into more of a heavier direction. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style and the symphonic elements are also added into the heavier sections of the music.
Spoken word parts can also be heard briefly while blast beats can also be heard when the music speeds up. Sounds of torture can also be heard briefly along with the second track being an instrumental which also shows some influences from ambient, dungeon synth and folk music.
On this recording Astarium brings in a heavy symphonic black metal track an an ambient style instrumental. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are based upon Vlad Tepes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Astarium and if you are a fan of ambient and symphonic occult black metal, you should check out this single. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Dragon". 8 out of 10.