Dhampyr are a band from Rhode Island that plays a mixture of depressive black metal and dark ambient and this is a review of their 2012 demo "Ashes Of The Frail" which was released by Broke Limb Recordings.
Drums range from slow to mid paced playing with no fast drumming or blast beats being present on this recording, while the keyboards bring a very dark, atmospheric sound to the recording, 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 to mid paced depressive black metal riffs that are very dark sounding, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars they use finger picking and full chords to enhance the atmosphere of the demo.
Vocals which are only used on the first song are all depressive and suicidal sounding black metal s creams and cries, while the lyrics and themes touch on darkness and depression, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound while you can still hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Dhampyr are a very great sounding hybrid of depressive black metal and ambient rock and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Letters From Mercury" and "The Abyss Triumphant". RECOMMENDED BUY.