Ukraine's solo project Raventale has returned with a new recording which shows the music returning back to his atmospheric black metal roots instead of the funeral doom metal style of his previous release and this is a review of his 2020 album "Planetarium II" which will be released in September by Ashen Dominion.
Dark, heavy and melodic riffing starts off the album along with a brief use of spoken word parts while elements of doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the songs. When synths are utilized they also gives the music more of an atmospheric feeling and the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams.
A great portion of the tracks are also very long and epic in length while the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style. Clean playing can also be heard in some parts of the recording and when the music speeds up briefly a small amount of blast beats and tremolo picking which also gives the music more of a raw feeling,.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style along with most of the music sticks to mostly a slow or mid tempo style and as the album progresses a brief use of female vocals can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover cosmic mysteries, clandestine dimensions and extramundane weirdness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Raventale and if you are a fan of atmospheric black and doom metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Extra Terrestrial Arcana" "The Moon In The Seventh House" and "A Temple Of My Choice". 8 out of 10.