California's Akasha has returned with a new recording which continues the vampiric style of black metal from previous releases and this is a review of his 2019 album "Canticles Of The Sepulchral Deity" which will be released in March as a joint effort between Grey Matter Productions and Les Fleur du Mal Productions.
Clean playing along with some melodic guitar leads start off the album which also mixes in with the heavier riffs throughout the recording. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can also be heard.
When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the music more of a raw feeling while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. A decent amount of dark sounding melodies can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing which also mixes in some dissonant structures at times.
Clean playing also makes a return in certain sections of the recording as the album progresses. A lot of the music brings in more of a modern style of black metal while also remaining true to the traditional side of the genre, a later track is also a very ritualistic sounding instrumental while a later song also introduces synths onto the recording. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Death Worship, Spiritual & Mental Vampirism, Hatred and Nihilism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Akasha which also shows a great amount of progress from previous releases and if you are a fan of vampiric black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Akasha (Canticles Of The Sepulchral Deity)" "Sepulchral Oath" "Vibratory Waves Collapsed" and "Worship At The Threshold Of Her Womb". 8 out of 10.