Zaratus are a band from Greece that plays an occult form of black metal and this is a review of their 2021 album "In The Days of Whore" which will be released in March by Van Records.
Epic sounding keyboards start off the album which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music at times. Vocals are mostyl grim yet high pitched black metal screams while all of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and saxophones can also be heard briefly.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody. When the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling and the music also adds in a lot of 90's era Greek influences.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some tracks also adding in a small amount of clean playing as well as a couple of the tracks also being very long and epic in length and as the album progresses a brief use of spoken word parts can also be heard, ethnic and tribal style sounds can also be heard on the closing song. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Ancient Religions, Occultism, Spiritual, Fantasy and Zoroastrian themes.
In my opinion Zaratus are a very great sounding occult black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Darkness And Decay" "Chaos And Blood" and "Zoroastrian Priests". 8 out of 10.