Simbelmyne are a 1 man band from Oregon that plays an ambient form of black metal and this is a review of his 2014 album "An Intimate Discourse Regarding Rot And Change" which was released by Senseless Life Records.
A very slow, depressive and melodic black metal sound starts off the album along with some grim screams, sorrowful guitar leads and powerful bass lines and the music also speeds up at times and adds in small amounts of blast beats and some of the tracks have an atmospheric funeral doom metal feeling to them while the music is a lot more closer to the blacker side of things.
Once the ambient parts are added into the music they do not take away the heavier side of the music like some bands or artist's of this genre usually do and guitars remain the main part of the songs and while the music has its fast moment they usually stick to a very slow, melodic and depressive direction as well as getting more atmospheric as time goes on by.
In certain sections of t he recording you can hear some clean singing being utilized in the background and when synths are finally added into the music along with clean guitars they enhance the ambient qualities of the recording and on some of the later tracks you can hear elements of melodic, post black metal in the guitar solos and leads and on of the songs towards the end utilizes harsh noise and industrial elements.
Simbelmyne bring a new sound to ambient black metal being more guitar than synth based as well as adding in a great amount of dsbm and melody to create his own sound, the production is very dark and raw sounding while the lyrics cover darkness, torture and suffering themes.
In my opinion Simbelmyne are a very great sounding guitar driven depressive black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Human Beast" "Ghost" "I, Under Your Sky" and "And Even Suffering Can Be Beautiful". 8 out of 10.