Australia's Hope Drone have returned with a new recording which continues their mixture of atmospheric post black and sludge metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Void Lustre" which will be released in August as a joint effort between Moment Of Collapse and SLudgelord Records.
Atmospheric sounding drones start off the album while clean playing is also added into some parts of the recording.All of the tracks are very long and epic in length and once the music goes into a heavier direction angry black metal screams also start becoming a very huge part of the recording.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic and atmospheric sounding post metal style. Elements of sludge metal van also be heard in the slower sections of the songs and when the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the tracks more of a raw feeling.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as some noises also being added into some parts of the recording. Some songs also add in elements of ambient and post hardcore. the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover nihilism, loss, suffering and grief themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Hope Drone and if you are a fan of atmospheric post black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Being Into Nothingness" and "In Shifting Lights". 8 out of 10.