Sophist are a duo from Edmonton, Canada that plays a mixture of black metal and grindcore and this is a review of their self released 2019 ep "Betrothal To The Throne: Conception Of Mephisto" which will be released in August.
A horror movie orientated sound starts off the ep before going into a heavier grindcore direction while the vocals are mostly grim black metal screams. 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.
A decent amount of melody can also be heard in the guitar riffing while death metal growls can also be heard at times. The songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the guitar solos and leads being done in a very distorted style when t hey are utilized and they also bring in a couple of bonus instrumental tracks.
Sophist plays a musical style that takes black metal and grindcore and mixes them together to create a sound of their own. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover Occultism and Alchemy along with some inspirations from an alchemical text called 'Hermaphrodite Child of The Sun And Moon'.
In my opinion Sophist are a very great sounding mixture of black metal and grindcore and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Betrothal To The Stone Conception Of Mephisto" and "A Captive Of Saturn's Scythe". 8 out of 10.