Oskoreien are a 1 man band from Los Angeles, California that plays a very atmospheric form of black metal with elements of folk music and this is a review of his self titled album which was released in 2011 by Seventh Seal Records.
"Illusions Perish" begins with nature sounds and folk music elements along with some melodic guitar leads and then the drum beats and fast and primitive black metal guitar riffs start kicking in along with some dark sounding melodies and then the grim black metal screams start kicking in and after awhile the music goes into a more mid paced direction but does return to the fast parts in certain sections of the song along with some guitar leads that come in and out of the music and halfway through the song there are also some slower atmospheric riffing added in certain parts as well as some synths.
"Entropic Collapse" begins with some melodic sounds before adding in some heavy guitar riffs and drums along with some atmospheric guitar leads which utilize a great amount of melody and a minute later clean singing vocals start kicking in and after a couple of minutes the black metal screams start making their presence known in the song and towards the end there is a brief use of soft and clean guitar playing being utilized while still having some distorted and melodic guitar leads in the background.
'River Of Eternity" begins with some nature sounds and acoustic guitars which bring in elements of medieval folk music to the song while also utilizing both finger picking and full chords and the song is all instrumental.
"Transcendence" begins with some atmospheric sounding synths and a few seconds later the classical guitars start coming into the song and a minute later heavy guitar riffs and drums start making their presence known along with some melodic guitar leads before going into a more fast and primitive direction along with some blast beats which also lead up to some grim sounding high pitched black metal screams and after awhile the music slows down a bit and adds in some melodic vocals while also keeping around the screams in certain sections of the song along with some guitar leads that come in and out of the song and then the song gets fast again before making switches back and forth between slow and fast parts as well as going back to the cleaner and softer sections at times.
'Ashen Remains" begins with some nature sounds before adding in some melancholic synths which then take the song into a classical music direction and the song is all instrumental and closes the album.
Song lyrics cover Nature, Philosophical and Taoism themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful and heavy sound with most of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Oskoereien are a very great sounding atmospheric black metal project with elements of folk music and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Illusions Perish" and "Transcendence". RECOMMENDED BUY.