Gravespawn now re-located to Kansas and a solo project has returned with a new recording which shows the music going into more of a grim and ancient style of black metal and this is a review of his 2020 album "The Elder Darkness" which was released by Satanath Records.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking which also gives the album more of a raw feeling. Deep growls are also utilized at times along with the vocals being mostly grim sounding black metal screams.
Melodies can also be heard in a lot of the guitar riffing while the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's era. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic style.
At times the music also gets very atmospheric sounding along with some symphonic touches as well as some of the tracks also being very long and epic in length. All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them as well as some keyboards also being added into certain sections of the recording, as the album progresses a brief use of acoustic guitars can also be heard and the recording closes with a cover of Slayer's "Die by The Sword". The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark history, mythology, occultism and battle themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Gravespawn and if you are a fan of epic, atmospheric and old school black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Primordial Dynasty" "Sons Of Mars" "The Dreadful Eye" and "Barbarian Misanthropy". 8 out of 10.