And Now The Owls Are Smiling are a solo project from the United Kingdom that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very atmospheric and depressive form of black metal and this is a review of his album "Dirges" which will be released in 2021 by Clobber Records.
Ocean sounds start off the album along with some clear vocals a few seconds later before adding in some clean playing which also adds in touches of shoegaze and post rock before going into a heavier direction. A great portion of the tracks are also very long and epic in length and when synths are utilized they give the music more of an atmospheric feeling.
When the music speeds u a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard while the vocals are mostly high pitched depressive black metal screams. Growling vocals are also added into certain sections of the recording and the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing along with one of the tracks also introducing acoustic guitars onto the recording as well as a couple of the tracks also being instrumentals. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover depression, existence, suicide and coldness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from And Now The Owls Are Smiling and if you are a fan of atmospheric and depressive black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Rejection" and "Acceptance".8out of 10.