Spain's Black Earth have returned with a new recording which shows the music mixing black metal, industrial, ritual, harsh noise, drone and dark ambient together and this is a review of their 2019 album "Gnarled Ritual Of Self Annihilation" which will be released on September 27th as a joint effort between Cyclic Law and Sentient Ruin Laboratories.
Ritualistic soundscapes and demonic voices start off the album while the music also brings in a great amount of atmospheric sounding drones. Percussion can also be heard in some parts of the recording while the music also mixes in a great amount of harsh noise elements and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Heavy guitar riffs are also added into some parts of the music while black metal screams are also added into certain sections of the recording. Elements of death industrial and dark ambient can also be heard quite a bit throughout the album and when tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very chaotic style as well as all of the tracks sounding very different from each other along with the music also getting very experimental and avant garde sounding at times. The production sounds very dark while the lyrics cover darkness, occultism, rituals and left hand path themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Black Earth and if you are a fan of black metal, death industrial, ritual, harsh noise and dark ambient, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Doctrines Of Dissociation" "The Sharp Blade That Mutilates The Void" and "The MOrning Waters Where Fires Never Dwell". 8 out of 10.
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