Australia's solo project Runespell has returned with a new recording which shows the music continuing the raw, melodic and epic style of pagan black metal from his previous releases and this is a review of his 2021 album "Verses In Regicide" which will be released in September by Iron Bonehead Productions.
Clean playing starts off the album before going into a heavier direction while some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams along with the faster sections of the songs also adding in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
Melodies are also added into a lot of the guitar riffing while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Whispers can also be heard briefly along with the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style as well as the tracks also adding in a great amount of European influences.
Epic and tribal style percussion can also be heard briefly on one of the tracks along with the songs also mixing in a great amount of pagan black metal elements as well as the both of the instrumentals also being done in an acoustic direction. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover Paganism, Destiny, Medieval and Virtue themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Runespell and if you are a fan of raw, melodic and epic pagan black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Structures Of Collapse" "Realm Of Fire" and "Shadow's Dominion". 8 out of 10.