Spain's own Atrabilis are back this time with a self released demo compilation "Cero" which displays their experimental black metal songs from past releases.
"Primera Parte" opens up the compilation with some drone style sound effects as well as some ambient synths which also leads up to some clean guitar playing which later start utilizing distortion and going into a more black metal orientated direction as well as mixing in the drone elements to make the music more creative.
"Parte Segunda" starts off with some old school black metal style guitar riffing, fast drum beats and grim screams before slowing down a bit and adding in some depressive elements and after a couple of minutes there is a brief use of blast beats being utilized and the song alternates between slow, mid paced and fast parts and towards the end synths start becoming a part of the song and bring in experimental elements.
"Terce Parte" begins with some experimental drone sounds and after a couple of minutes you can hear some spoken words in the background and the song is all instrumental.
"Parte Cuarta" kicks in with some heavy and primitive black metal guitar riffs and drums along with some depressive and suicidal screams a few seconds later and after awhile the music goes into a slower direction but only stays there briefly before alternating between fast and slow parts as well as adding blast beats in certain sections of the song and during the last minute of the song it goes more into a dark ambient direction.
"Quanta Parte" has its beginning with some dark ambient sounds and avant garde synths and the song is another instrumental with no vocals or heavy guitars being present.
"Sexte Parte" is a return to the black metal sound with some heavy guitar riffs and drum beats and after a few seconds high pitched depressive screams kick in along with some more fast and primitive riffing while also utilizing some melody and after awhile the song starts utilizing a combination of slow, mid paced and fast parts and halfway through the song clean and soft guitars kick in along with some spoken parts while also retaining the depressive elements and then returning to being heavy again shortly after that.
"Parte Octava" is introduced with some ambient sounding black metal guitar riffs along with some dark sounding melodies and the song is another instrumental but more in the metal direction this time around.
"Sexta Parte V2" is a remade version of an earlier song but with more depressive and suicidal elements and this version is also a lot more darker sounding than the original.
"I" which is also a Velvet Cacoon cover starts off with some ambient style black metal guitar riffs along with some drum beats and after a couple of minutes high pitched screams start coming in and out of the song and after awhile you can hear some nature sounds in the background before going into a more fast and primitive direction for a few seconds before returning to its normal pace.
Song lyrics are written in Spanish and cover abstract themes, while the production has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it with most of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Atrabilis and if you are a fan of experimental black metal, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Primera Parte" "Parte Cuarta" "Sexte Parte" and "I". RECOMMENDED BUY.