This is the final review of a recording from Book Of Sand with the musical style being avant garde, experimental anarchist black metal with the album being called "Mourning Star' and released by Music Ruins Lives.
"The Face Of The Waters" begins with some acoustic guitars, avant garde synth sounds and melodic clean singing vocals and after awhile drums and raw and primitive sounding black metal guitar riffs come into the song along with some high pitched depressive screams and later on in the song dark sounding melodies start coming in before the distortion stops and the song goes into a cleaner direction for a few seconds before the synths and primitive guitar riffing returns and you can hear a lot of distorted elements in the background.
"Fits And Starts" begins with some acoustic guitars that utilize full chords before heavy guitar riffs, drums and depressive black metal s creams start coming in and after a couple of minutes you can hear some experimental drones in the background along with some clean sections a few seconds later which also leads up to some synths and then t he song goes into an ambient noise direction for awhile and halfway through the song the heavy and symphonic sounds make a return before switching back to a noise direction and adding in some acoustic guitars in the background.
'Crawling Through Sand, Crawling Through Earth" begins with some heavy guitar riffs, drums and synths as well as some saxophones and a few minutes later black metal screams start making their presence known in this song and as time goes on by the music gets more diverse, experimental and avant garde sounding and towards the end there is a brief use of classical guitars being utilized.
"Planet SUV" begins with some acoustic/classical guitars and violins and a minute later raw and primitive sounding black metal guitar riffs and d rums make their way into the music a s well as some blast beats which lead up to some high pitched depressive screams and a few seconds alter saxophones can be heard in the background as well as the classical and acoustic guitars while focusing on some repetitive black metal guitar riffing and as the song gets closer to the end it goes into a more harsh noise direction along with some spoken word parts.
"A Devil Not A Phoenix" begins with some violins and classical guitars and a minute later some saxophones start coming into the song and halfway through some avant garde and experimental sounds start making their presence known along with some harsh noise elements.
"Lord Have Mercy" begins with some heavy guitar riffs and a few seconds alter drums are added into the song which also leads to some synths being utilized in the background and the song is all instrumental.
"That Tearful Day" begins with some acoustic guitars a few seconds alter you can hear some violins being utilized in the background and a couple of minutes later you can hear some piano style avant garde sounds and towards the end heavy again riffs and saxophones make their way into the song and close the song and album.
Song lyrics cover anarchist themes, while the production has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it along with most of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Book Of Sand and if you are a fan of experimental, avant garde black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Face Of The Waters" "Planet SUV" and "That Tearful Day". RECOMMENDED BUY.