Empheris are a band from Poland that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw and old school mixture of black and thrash metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "The Return of Derelict Gods" which was released by Old Temple.
Horror orientated soundscapes start off the album before going into more of a heavier thrash influenced musical direction. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard which also gives the music more of a raw feeling along with the vocals being mostly grim black metal screams.
The music also mixes in elements of both first and second wave black metal while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with the solos and leads being done in a very raw yet old school style.
A decent amount of melody can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing while clean playing can also be heard briefly as the album progresses, on later tracks the solos and leads also start getting more melodic sounding. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover Egyptian, Sumerian Occultism and Necromancy themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Empheris and if you are a fan of black and thrash metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Beginning" "Black Mirror" "Palladium In Fire" and "Necromantic". 8 out of 10.