Ukraine's solo project Raaventale has returned with a new album which shows the music moving way from atmospheric blackened metal and focusing more on a funeral doom metal style and this is a review of his 2019 album "Morphine Dead Gardens" which will be released in September by Ashen Dominion.
Death metal growls start off the album while the slow and heavy riffs also bring in elements of funeral doom metal. A decent amount of dark sounding melodies can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing as well as all of the tracks are very long and epic in length and at times the music also gets very atmospheric sounding.
Black metal screams can also be heard briefly along with the solos and leads also being done in a very dark and melodic style. Synths can also be heard in some parts of the songs and as the album progresses a brief use of spoken word parts can also be heard, all of the songs also stick to a slower musical direction, the closing track is also an instrumental.
On this recording Raventale moves away from the atmospheric blackened metal sound of previous releases and takes his music into more of a funeral doom metal direction which he mixed in some of his earlier blackened material but moves completely into the style. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover melancholic themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Raventale and while some atmospheric black metal fans might not like the new style, I can see this appealing to fans of atmospheric funeral doom metal. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "As An Empty Shell" and "Morphine Dead gardens". 8 out of 10.