Akatsuki are a band from Los Angeles, California that plays a mixture of post black metal and shoegaze and this is a review of their self released 2011 ep "Purpose Of The Moon".
Drums range from slow, mid paced drumming with some fast playing and blast beats being present on this recording, while the synths and pianos bring in elements of ambient, shoegaze, and post rock to the music, as for the bass playing it has a very strong and powerful sound with heavy riffing that dominates throughout the recording.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast riffs that combine black metal with post rock and shoegaze together to create a sound of their own along with some melody and clean playing being thrown into the riffing, while the lead guitars are very dark and melodic sounding post black metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized use finger picking and full chords to bring progressive elements to the ep.
Vocals range from clean singing to high pitched depressive black metal screams, while the lyrics cover darkness and nature themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful and heavy sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this ep with one of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Akatsuki are a very great sounding hybrid of post black metal and shoegaze and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Mountain Spirit" and "Magic Spell". RECOMMENDED BUY.