Dreariness are a b and from Rome, Italy that plays an avant garde and depressive mixture of post black metal and blackgaze and this is a review of their 2022 album "Before We Vanish" which will b e released in April by My Kingdom Music.
Distorted soundscapes start off the album before going into a heavier direction while all of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them. Vocals are mostly high pitched yet depressive black metal screams along with some growls also being utilized at times.
Melodies are also added into a lot of the guitar riffing while all of the tracks are also very long and epic in length. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic post metal style along with some elements of shoegaze also being utilized in some parts of the album and the music also has its avant garde moments..
When the music speeds on a couple of tracks up a small amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can also be heard which also gives the album more of a raw feeling along with some tracks also adding in clean playing, acoustic guitars and clear vocals as well as most of the album sticking to either a slow or mid tempo direction., spoken word parts can also be heard briefly. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover a grey and sad journey inspired by Schopenhauer's hedgehog dilemma.
In my opinion Dreariness are a very great sounding avant garde and depressive mixture of post black metal and blackgaze and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Drain" and "Excise". 8 out of 10.