Arathgoth have returned with a new album with the musical style this time around being a sci-fi mixture of black metal and dark ambient and this is a review of his 2014 album "Dark like Space" which was released by Katabaz Records.
Dark ambient and electronica music sounds start off the album which start mixing in with the fast and heavy parts which include blast beats and grim black metal screams as well as being into a more heavy and atmospheric direction and the music also incorporates a great amount of melody into the sound.
As the album progresses the music starts utilizing a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some melodic guitar solos and leads and they also add in some songs that use no guitars and focus more on the ambient elements as well as bringing in industrial influences and spoken word samples which are taken from the movies "Blade Runner" and "Aliens" as well as having a few more heavier songs being used later on during the album.
When the album goes back into its black metal direction more raw and brutal elements of that genre can be found in the musical style which blends in well with the more atmospheric direction of the recording and the spoken word samples can also be found on the heavier tracks as well and the album starts becoming a mixture of both black metal and ambient tracks as well as adding in a couple of instrumentals and bringing in a brief use of acoustic guitars on one of the songs.
Arathgoth shows a different side of his musical style this time around staying away from fantasy themes and focusing more on the future and the music combines dark ambient with black metal as well as being very diverse with each track, the production has a very dark and heavy sound while the lyrics cover the writings of Frank Herbert, Phillip K. Dick, and science fiction role playing games and movies
In my opinion this is a very great sounding album from Arathgoth and if you are a fan of atmospheric and dark ambient, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "In The Eye of A Cyclon" "Space Battleship Arcadia" "Voices of Arrakis" and "Fury Of Harkonnen". 8 out of 10.