Gardu are a solo project from Italy that plays a very raw and experimental form of black metal and this is a review of his 2018 ep "Gardetemalismo" which was released by Tropo Records.
Night sounds start off the ep before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Melodies can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing while the songs also bring in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams which also get very demonic sounding at times. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very raw, melodic and old school style, a small amount of avant garde sounds and harsh noises can also be heard in the background briefly on a couple of the tracks.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the music also brings in a great amount of 90's influences as well as one song being an instrumental. The production sounds very dark, raw and lo-fi while the lyrics are written in a mixture of English, Italian and Gai and cover the folklore of a valley in Italy known as Vallecamonica along with some occult and blasphemous touches.
In my opinion Gardu are a very great sounding raw and experimental black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Evil Mist In The Sonic (Sonec) Woods" and "Birth of Blasphemy". 8 out of 10.