Varanak are a solo project from New Jersey that plays a mixture of depressive black and funeral doom metal and this is a review of their 2021 album "Relics of Mourning" which will be released in March by Brucia Records.
A very slow, dark and heavy funeral doom metal sound starts off the album while death metal growls can also be heard at times. All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them along with all of the tracks also being very long and epic in length and depressive black metal screams are also a very huge part of the recording.
Dark sounding melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing while the solos and leads also add in more of an old school death metal style. When the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with one of the tracks also introducing clean playing and keyboards onto the album which also gives the recording more of an atmospheric feeling. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover depression and sadness themes.
In my opinion Varanak are a very great sounding mixture of depressive black and funeral doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Relics Immemorial" and "Boga Net". 8 out of 10.