RavenFrost are a 1 man band from Germany that h as been featured before in this zine with the musical style this time around being a depressive form of black metal with doom elements and this is a review of their 2014 album "Agonies Of The Past" which will be released by Trindoid Records.
"What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Weaker" begins with some melodic black metal guitar leads along with some drums in the background which lead to some depressive screams and heavier riffing while keeping around the melodic leads and after awhile the music slows down and more black metal style vocals start kicking in as well as going into a heavy black/doom direction and around a minute some bass playing starts keeping in and out as well as the music utilizing some synths making the song have a more tragic feeling to it before going back to its heavier roots and mixing some synths in certain sections before going more back into it and adding in another melodic leads.
"The Roots Unearthed" begins with some dark atmospheric/ambient synths which leads to some melodic doom guitar leads, drums, bass and heavy rhythm guitar playing setting up the mood for some deep doom/death growls and stays in that direction for awhile before adding in some black metal elements to the vocals while still focusing on melodic doom as well as returning more towards synths and bass guitars for awhile as well as adding in some spoken word parts which also lead to the song getting heavier again and as times goes by another melodic lead kicks in briefly.
"Under The Surface" begins with some heavy and dark guitar riffing which leads to grim depressive black metal vocals as well as some melody getting into the riffing as well as a brief use of clean playing along with some bass in the background as well as the song getting darker as time moves by and you can hear both deep and high pitch elements in the vocals and towards the end you can hear a small amount of synths.
"Melancholic Maelstrom" begins with some heavy and dark guitar riffs and drums which lead to some grim sounding black metal screams kicking in as well as the song utilizing some primitive early 90's elements in the riffing for awhile before adding in some melodic elements and deep growls which take the song from black to doom, as the song moves on it goes into a soft direction with synths taking over and dominating before returning to its primitive black metal roots while also mixing some of the other elements together which lead to some powerful bass playing being utilized with the other instruments.
'To Envy The Nameless Dead" begins with some dark guitar riffing which leads to some drums as well as adding in more melody and heavy parts along with some strong bass playing setting up the mood for some grim screams and after awhile melodic leads start kicking in and out at times which lead to some DSBM elements as well as the song utilizing more variety as times moves by while also bringing in some doom metal parts.
Song lyrics are written in English and cover dark and depressive themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful and dark sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording along with the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from RavenFrost and if you are a fan of depressive black metal with elements of doom, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Weaker" and "Melancholic Maelstrom". RECOMMENDED BUY.