Finland's solo project Spiritwood has returned with a new recording which continues the ambient and atmospheric style black metal of previous releases and this is a review of his 2018 album "Cold Moon Blasphemies" which was released by Humanity's Plague Productions.
A very dark sounding intro starts off the album along with some grim black metal vocals and ambient style synths which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music. Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the music also gets very atmospheric sounding at times.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them. Distorted sounding melodies can also be heard in some parts of the recording as well as one track also adding in a brief use of spoken word parts.
All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them as well as the drums also getting very ritualistic sounding on one of the tracks and when the music finally speeds up a small amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling and the album closes with an instrumental. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover darkness, nature and blasphemy themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Spiritwood and if you are a fan of atmospheric and ambient black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Necrocosm" "Cold Moon Blasphemies" and "Archaeosis". 8 out of 10.