Asarhaddon are a duo from Germany that plays an atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Reysa" which will be released on February 29th by Geisterasche Organisation.
Acoustic guitar playing starts off the album before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with the vocals being mostly angry sounding black metal screams. The riffs also add in a decent amount of melody as well as the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
The music also has its atmospheric moments but also keeps it in a heavier direction and as the album progresses acoustic guitars also make a brief return on a couple of tracks, towards the end a brief use of stringed instruments can also be heard. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in German and cover hate, nature, despair and grief themes.
In my opinion Asarhaddon are a very great sounding atmospheric black metal duo and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Der Ursprung" and "Am Ende ewiger Wasser". 8 out of 10.