Last Decline are a band from Latvia that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw and depressive form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2020 album "...Cras Nihil".
A very fast and raw sound starts off the album along with a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking. Vocals are mostly high pitched yet depressive black metal screams along with the songs also adding in a great amount of 90's influences without sounding outdated and all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the main focus is on a faster direction. All of the drum beats are also programmed along with most of the riffing being power chord driven and only adding in a brief use of melody as well as the album closes with a cover of Kino's "The Tree" which also introduces clean playing into the music.
On this recording Last Decline takes their raw and depressive style of black metal into a more aggressive direction than what was presented on previous releases. the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover death, suicide, depression, misanthropy, nihilism and occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Last Decline and if you are a fan of raw and depressive black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "...Cras Nihil" and "Necromantic Ritual". 8 out of 10.