Bereft are a band from Wisconsin that plays an atmospheric mixture of post black metal and doom and this is a review of their 2014 album "Lost Ages" which will be released by Silent Pendulum Records.
A very dark and atmospheric ambient sound starts off the album and after a couple of minutes the music starts to get a lot more heavy and goes for more of a doom metal sound before going into a very fast and raw black metal direction along with some blast beats and high pitched screams and all of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them.
There is a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts throughout the recording along with a great amount of melody and after awhile more post metal elements can be heard in the bands musical sound and that influence has a very dominant presence in the leads that band utilizes and clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
On some of the tracks there are some sections where clean singing vocals are utilized and the slower sections have more of a dominant doom metal feeling to them and the band also brings in elements of sludge into the vocals and mixes it in with the black metal screams and as the album progresses the ambient sounds make a return and there are also a small amount of spoken word parts are added into the music before making a return back to a heavier direction on the following track while also adding in a small amount of synths.
Bereft takes the rawness and aggression of black metal with the fast parts, the heaviness and darkness of sludge and doom metal in the slower sections and the melody of post metal along with some elements of ambient music to create a sound their own, the production has a very dark and raw sound while the lyrics cover religion, politics, social injustice and the human condition.
In my opinion Bereft are a very great sounding mixture of post black metal and doom and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Lost Ages" and "Lost". 8 OUT OF 10.