Greece's solo project Apocalyptic Leaders has returned with a new recording which shows the music going for more of an atmospheric, melodic and raw style of black metal and this is a review of his self released 2021 ep "Immortal Demons".
Clean playing and atmospheric soundscapes start off the ep before going into more of a heavier and melodic musical direction. All of the instruments also have a very powerful sound to them while the faster sections of the songs also add in a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
Vocals a re mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams while a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style along with the music also capturing the raw aggression of punk rock at times.
Touches of post metal can also be heard in some parts of the recording along with some synths also being added into certain sections of the songs as well as the vocals also adding in some death metal growls briefly. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover darkness and anti religion themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Apocalyptic Leaders and if you are a fan of atmospheric, melodic and raw black metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Immortal Demons" and "Dry Scratches". 8 out of 10.