This is the final review of a recording from Avitas which shows the band going into a raw black/war metal direction along with a touch of psychedelia with the album being called "Northern Ghosts" and released by Bud Metal Records in the year of 2014.
A very dark and psychedelic sounding intro starts off the album along with some avant garde style synths and after the intro the music goes into a very slow and raw national socialist style black metal sound along with some grim screams as well as speeding up a bit and adding in blast beats.
A very raw and war like black metal sound dominates a good portion of the recording as well as injecting a good dose of the early ns black metal sound into their musical arsenal and they also utilize a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
As the album progresses the music starts getting more diverse while always remaining true to a raw black metal sound and some of the later songs also add in small amounts of clean playing as well as having more elements of psychedelia mixed in their musical sound as well as a brief use of chanting and spoken word parts an d the black metal vocals are also very understand on all of the tracks that are included on the album and acoustic guitars are added briefly on a couple of the songs towards the end of the recording and they also add in a classic rock flavor.
Avitas remain true to their raw ns black metal sound on this album while also incorporating more psychedelic elements this time around, the production is very raw and old school sounding in the true black metal tradition while the lyrics cover heathenism, Anti Judeo/Christian/ Abrahamic religions, Thelema, Occultism, Atheism and National Socialist themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Avitas and if you are a fan of raw, national socialist black metal with a psychedelic black metal touch, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Return Of the Heathen" "Northern Ghosts" "Aiwass" and "Boreal Nebulae". 8/5 out of 10.