France's Azziard have returned with a new recording which shows the music going into more of a violent, modern and depressive form of black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Liber Secondus - Exégèse" which will be released in June by Malpermesita Records.
Dark soundscapes and clean playing start off the album before going into a heavier musical direction while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody. When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can also be heard along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic style.
Tortured cries can also be heard briefly while the faster sections of the songs also add in a great amount of blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw feeling. Vocals are mostly angry sounding black metal screams along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a great portion of the tracks being very long and epic in length. Spoken word parts can also be heard briefly as well as some tracks also adding in a small amount of clean playing.
One song also introduces melodic vocals onto the recording and the music also mixes in a great amount of depressive elements and as the album progresses a brief use of synths can also be heard, death metal influences can also be heard in some parts of the music and the closing track also adds in a small amount of psychedelic sounds. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in a mixture of French and English and cover Occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Azziard and if you are a fan of violent, modern and depressive black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Seven Sermons To The Dead" "Incantation" and "The Desert". 8 out of 10.