Ofdrykkja are a band from Sweden that has had an album reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a mixture atmospheric, depressive form of black metal and melancholic folk music and this is a review of their 2019 album "Gryningsvisor" which will be released in November by Art Of propaganda Records.
Acoustic guitars start off the album while stringed instruments are also added into some parts of the music. Elements of folk can also be heard at times while a great portion of the tracks are also very long and epic in length as well as the synths also mixing the synths and atmospheric parts into the heavier sections of the songs.
Vocals bring in a mixture of grim depressive black metal screams and clean singing while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic style. Female vocals can also be heard on a few tracks as well as some Celtic lyre's also being utilized at times, one track also introduces spoken word parts onto the recording.
When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the music more of a raw feeling as well as one track also adding in a brief use of horns along with all of the tracks sticking to a very slow direction, the album also closes with an instrumental. The production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Swedish and English and cover isolation and nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Ofdrykkja and if you are a fan of atmospheric, depressive black metal and melancholic folk music, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Swan" "wither" "Herr Mannelig" and "Grey". 8 out of 10.