Black Queen are a band from Seattle, Washington that plays an atmospheric form of black metal with some elements of death metal, hardcore and horror soundtrack music creating a musical style they refer to as 'witch metal' and this is a review of their 2019 album "The Destructive Cycle" which will be released on November 20th by Super Sargasso.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody at times. Avant garde elements are also added into some parts of the music along with all of the musical instruments on the recording also having a very powerful sound to them.
Spoken word samples can also be heard briefly while the faster sections of the songs also add in a decent amount of blast beats, Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams along with the music also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Ritualistic chants and growls can also be heard at times while keyboards, synths and samples are also a very huge part of the recording. Some songs also add in a small amount of acoustic guitars as well as the tracks also mixing in elements of death metal, hardcore and horror soundtrack music and as the album progresses a small amount of clean vocals are also added onto the recording. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album based upon the Taoist five elemental theory.
In my opinion Black Queen are a very great sounding witch metal band and if you are looking for something that is very original sounding, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Feed the Worm" and "The Sorcerer's Jian". 8 out of 10.