Izthmi are a band from Seattle, Washington that plays a very atmospheric and progressive mixture of post black and doom metal with some elements of noise and ambient and this is a review of their album "The Arrows Of Our Ways"which will be released in 2020 by Within The Mind Records.
Harsh noises start off the album while ambient style synths can also be heard in the background before going into a heavier musical direction. A great portion of the tracks are also very long and epic in length while the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams and the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody.
All of the musical instruments on the recording also have very powerful sound to them while the acoustic guitars also give the songs more of a progressive feeling when they are utilized. Death metal growls can also be heard in some parts of the recording and the faster sections of the songs also add in a decent amount of blast beats.
When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the songs more of a raw feeling along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Elements of doom metal can also be heard in the slower riffing as well as the sounds also adding in some touches of post metal.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as the songs also having their atmospheric moments. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style and as the album progresses drones and synths are also added onto the recording and a couple of later tracks also introduces clean vocals and spoken word parts onto the album. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album based upon the journey of the self and finding solace through love in a time of extreme oppression and ecological detriment.
In my opinion Izthmi are a very great sounding atmospheric and progressive mixture of post black and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "To Traipse Alone" "Useless is The Song Of Man, From Throats Calloused By Nature" and "The Arrows of Our Ways". 8 out of 10.