Silenced Minstrel are a solo project from Malaysia that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a satanic form of black metal and this is a review of his self released 2020 album ''Volume 5".
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album while all of the drum beats are also programmed while the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style . The vocals are done in a shouting style that is more rooted in the first wave era and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the tremolo picking also gives the songs more of a raw feeling. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in an old school style along with one track also introducing clean playing onto the recording.
The songs also add in a decent amount of second wave influences as well as being modern at the same time along with one track also adding in a brief use of whispered vocals, growls can also be heard at times and the album closes with an orchestra orientated instrumental. The production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism and Darkness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Silenced Minstrel and if you are a fan of old school satanic black metal , you should check out this recording . RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "'Enlightened Beasts' ''Descend Into Madness'' ''Canto Diablo 4 - Ballad For Satan'' and ''Dirge Of The Eternal Winter''. 8 out of 10.