Necromantia are a band from Greece that has had music reviewed before in this zine as well as having a history that goes back to the mid 80's and also plays a very satanic and occult form of black metal and this is a review of their 2021 album "To The Depths We Descend..." which will be released in October as a joint effort between The Circle music, Hell's Fire and Rabauw Records.
A very dark and nature orientated sound starts off the album before going into a heavier musical while the bass guitar takes over as the lead instrument. When the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams while the guitar solos and leads are also done in a very dark yet melodic style. The music also mixes in a great amount of 80's and 90's influences as well as keeping it modern at the same time and the songs also add in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Melodies are also utilized at times while the keyboards also gives the music more of a haunting atmosphere. Some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length as well as some songs also adding in orchestration, when spoken word parts are utilized they also give the album more of a ritualistic feeling and one track also introduces whispered vocals into the music and as the recording progresses a brief use of classical guitars and saxophones can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism, Magick and Darkness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Necromantia and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "And The Shadows Wept" "Eldritch" and "The Warlock MMXXI". 8/5 out of 10.