Greece's Bezeha have returned with a new recording which continues the old school style of black metal from their previous releases and this is a review of their self released 2020 album "Smyrna".
Classical guitars start off the album along with some whispers a few seconds later before going into a heavier musical direction. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
Most of the album is also very heavily rooted in the 90's second wave era while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very dark yet melodic style along with the riffs also adding in a small amount of melody at times.
Spoken word parts can also be heard briefly as well as some whispers also making a return on some of the later tracks and as the recording progresses there is also a brief use of demonic growls. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Satanism, Anti Christianity, Social and Mythistorical themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Bezeha and if you are a fan of old school black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Light Over Athens" "Bloodline" and "Finit Hic Deo". 8 out of 10.