Dead Hills are a 1 man band from Australia that plays an ambient, atmospheric and depressive from of black metal and this is a review of his 2 part demo "Purgatory/Winds Of Time" which was released by Cloister Recordings.
"Clearing" begins with some bass guitars and dark ambient sounding synths which use a variety of many different keys as well as serving as an intro to the first part of the demo and closes with some electric guitars.
"Purging Fog" begins with some slow atmospheric black metal guitar riffs which also utilize melody in some parts and sets the mood for some synths and depressive screams and as the song moves on there is a brief use of melodic guitar leads which lead to the song bringing in some faster drums and riffing and it stays in that direction for a few minutes before reverting back to a slower direction.
"Nocturnal Hatred" begins with some heavy and primitive guitar riffs which then lead to some blast beats coming out of the drums as well as some depressive screams which in return leads to some faster riffing and at times they utilize some dark sounding melodies and after awhile the song starts slowing down while also using a variety of many different styles of black metal riffs.
"After" begins with some slow, dark and heavy guitar riffs and a few seconds later synths and melodic vocals become a part of the song and a few minutes later the song goes into a softer direction and adds in some acoustic guitars.
"Majesty In Mystery" begins with some fast and primitive guitar riffing along with some blast beats kicking in a few seconds later which lead to some screams, powerful bass guitars and melodic riffing and after awhile melodic guitar leads start kicking in and out of the song and a few minutes later the song goes into a more slow and darker direction for awhile and then speeding up to more of a mid paced direction before reverting back to its faster roots.
"Flight Through The Opaque" begins with some slow and primitive guitar riffing and after awhile drums and high pitched screams start kicking in as well as some melodic riffing and a few minutes later the song starts going into a faster direction as well as bringing in some atmospheric synths in certain parts and after awhile it goes into a more mid paced sound for awhile before reverting back to a faster sound as well as utilizing a brief use of blast beats and melodic guitar leads and then getting soft with some acoustic guitars for a few seconds before getting heavy again.
"Twilit Trees" begins with some dark sounding synths and after a minute heavy guitar riffs become a part of the song while also keeping around the synths along with the song being instrumental and closing the first part of the demo
"Wells" which is also the beginning of the second part of the demo begins with some melodic guitar leads before adding in drums, heavy guitar riffs and high pitched screams and after awhile t he riffs get more diverse while remaining true to black metal as well as bringing back the melodic leads and a few minutes later you can hear some powerful bass guitars being utilized briefly before going into a more fast and primitive direction along with some blast beats which leads to the song going into a more clean direction along with some synths and soft guitars for awhile before reverting back to its heavier and melodic roots.
'The Wilt" begins with some dark and atmospheric black metal guitar riffs along with some drums and a minute later depressive high pitched black metal screams start kicking in and a few seconds later melodic guitar leads start coming into the song briefly and as times go the song remains in a slow depressive black metal direction.
''Haze" begins with some heavy bass guitars along with some slow, primitive and melodic rhythm guitar riffs which then start going into a heavier direction and this song is all instrumental with no vocals being present.
"Leaves Of Ash" begins with some melodic guitar leads and solos which lead to some drums and heavy rhythm guitar riffs while also keeping around the melodic leads which come in and out of the song and adding in some powerful bass guitars and after awhile high pitched suicidal screams make their presence known and as time goes go the riffs get more diverse while sticking to a pure black metal sound and towards the end the song closes in a more clean and soft direction.
"Graveyards Over The Sea" begins with some soft acoustic guitar playing and synths and serves as an instrumental outro for the demo.
Song lyrics cover time, mystery, nature and obscurity, while the production has a very dark, raw and primitive sound along with some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Dead Hills are a very great sounding ambient, atmospheric and depressive black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nocturnal Hatred" "Flight Through The Opaque" "The Wilt" and "Leaves Of Ash". RECOMMENDED BUY.