Barbelith are a band from Baltimore, Maryland that plays a very atmospheric form of depressive black metal and this is a review of their self released and self titled 2012 ep.
Song one "Intro" starts out with a very dark and atmospheric ambient synth before the melodic chanting checks in which also sets up a perfect beginning for the ep.
Song two "Underfed Limbs Of Heritage" starts of with a slow melodic post black metal riff and powerful drumming before the high pitched black metal screams which in turns leads to the heavy and melodic sounding depressive black metal riffing staying that way for a few seconds, then the song starts speeding up a bit with some primitive elements before slowing down for awhile until the fast and melodic guitars start kicking in with the song switching back and forth from fast to slow, then the song reverts back to the open riff which in returns switches back to being heavy again with the song closing with a very melodic sounding guitar solo and synths.
Song three "Under A Waning Room" starts out with some slow and heavy depressive black metal riffs before the drums and screams kick in, setting up the pace for the melodies to kick in which leads to the guitars getting heavier and the screams more depressive, the song than switches of f into some soft post rock playing along with some melodic cries before reverting back to heavier guitars and grim screaming, slowly the semi blast beats from the drums kick in which sets up the mood for the mid paced parts and ambient sound effects.
Song four "Inward Quest" starts off with some clean and soft playing and slow drums before the clean singing melodic vocals kick in staying that way for a minute then the song switches to heavier guitars and depressive screams before going back to being soft, slower the full chords and dark vocals kick in and then the song goes back to being heavy, the screams get louder as well the riffs adding in a lot of melody, slowly the heavy bass line kicks in, the riffs get slower but heavier which leads to some depressive, suicidal black metal cries before the song closes with a semi blast beat from the drums and melodic guitar leads.
Song five "Outro" starts out soft and atmospheric with some ambient sound effects kicking in which in returns closes the ep.
Song writing on this recording, covers dark and depressive themes, while the production has a dark and powerful with the bass being mixed down low in the mix, but the drums, vocals, and guitars have a great sounding quality to t hem.
In my opinion Barbelith are a very great sounding atmospheric, depressive black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should c heck out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Underfed Limbs Of Heritage" and "Innward Quest". RECOMMENDED BUY.