Arathgoth are a 1 one man from Michigan that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of atmospheric black metal, dark ambient and dungeon synth and this is a review of his 2014 album "Between Demons And Witches" which was released by Katabaz Records.
Dungeon style synths start off the album along with some heavy guitars a few seconds later which mix in with the atmospheric sound as well as adding in grim black metal vocals and you can also hear elements of prog rock being utilized in the synths and after awhile blast beats and melodic guitar leads start becoming a part of the music.
As the album progresses more dark ambient elements are mixed in with the black metal sound of the recording and the music starts utilizing a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and at time s you can hear symphonic and gothic elements in the music and the dungeon synth elements of earlier releases while they are still there at times take a back seat this time around with most of the music focusing more on a fast and atmospheric black metal sound.
After awhile the guitar riffs, solos and leads start utilizing more melody and you can also hear small amounts of industrial influences being mixed in with the dark ambient and dungeon sound s of the synths and a few instrumentals also finds its way onto the recording while they still have a great amount of later songs that still utilize vocals as well as bringing in elements of Celtic and Middle Eastern folk music towards the end along with a small amount of acoustic guitars and spoken word samples find their way onto the last track.
Arathgoth have a more straight forward black metal feeling while still having a good amount of atmospheric, dark ambient and dungeon synth elements and you can hear a great amount of progress in the guitar playing, the production has a very dark and powerful sound while the lyrics cover Witchcraft, occultism and Demonology themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Arathgoth and if you are a fan of atmospheric black metal, dark ambient and dungeon synth, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Awakening Of The Demons" "Waiting For Azrael" "My Name Is Legion" and "Prayer From The Seventh Hell". 8/5 out of 10.