Bane are a band originally from Serbia but now resides in Canada and has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays an aggressive and melodic mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2018 album "Esoteric Formulae" which will be released in November by Black Market Metal Label.
A very dark, epic, orchestral and ritualistic sounding intro starts off the album before going into more of a heavier and melodic direction while the vocals are mostly grim black metal screams along with the faster sections of the songs also bringing in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
A great amount of death metal elements can also be heard quite a bit in both the vocals and instruments while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some keyboards also being added into some parts of the music as well as the solos and leads being done in a very melodic style.
Clean chants can also be heard briefly while all of the musical instruments sound very powerful and there are also some quest appearances by Giulio Moschini of Hour Of Penance and Amduscias of Temple of Baal along with the two closing tracks being all instrumentals as well as the orchestral elements being added on the outro.
On this recording Bane takes their musical style into more of a melodic blackened death metal direction, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Occultism, Satanism, and Esoteric themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Bane and if you are a fan of melodic blackened death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Calling Of The Eleven Angles" "Into Oblivion"and "Reign In Chaos". 8 out of 10.