Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ishtar/Krig/Hammerheart Records/1999 CD Review

Ishtar where a band from Sweden that played a very, dark, cold form of atmospheric black metal and this is a review of their 1999 album "Krig" which was released by Hammerheart Records.

Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being thrown in at times, while the synths bring a very dark and atmospheric sound to the music, as for the bass playing it has a very strong and powerful tone with dark sounding riffs that dominate throughout the recording.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffing that is very raw sounding and melodic at times, and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recording, as for the acoustic guitars they use finger picking to bring a dark sound to the music.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams with some occasional clean singing female vocals being thrown in at times as well as the occasional spoken word passage, while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Swedish and English with themes that cover darkness and coldness, as for the production it has a very strong and powerful sound while retaining a sense of rawness.

In my opinion Ishtar where a very good atmospheric black metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Shadow Warrior" "Damnation" and "Vinterfrost". RECOMMENDED BUY.


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