New Jersey's Misanthropic Rituals have returned with a new recording which shows them expanding the raw and misanthropic style of black metal from previous releases from previous releases and this is a review of their self released 2020 album "A Path Through Absent Places" which will be released on May 25th.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album while all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them. Melodies can also be heard in some of the riffing along with the vocals being mostly high pitched black metal screams along with the guitar leads and solos also being done in a very melodic style.
When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a few tracks also introducing keyboards onto the album.
One of the songs is also very long and epic in length and as the album progresses a brief use of clean playing and an instrumental can also he heard before closing the album with a heavier track.The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover misanthropy, darkness and sorrow themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Misanthropic Rituals and if you are a fan of raw, melodic, atmospheric and misanthropic black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dweller In Nocturnes" and "The Mountain My Cairn". 8 out of 10.