Posthum are a band from Norway that plays a raw and modern from of Norwegian black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "The black northern Ritual" which was released by Indie Recordings.
A very dark and melodic black metal sound starts off the album along with some grim screams a few seconds later and the music has a modern Norwegian black metal feeling along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and at times you can hear a decent amount of tremolo picking.
There is a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts present throughout the recording along with the solos and leads being in a very melodic musical direction and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the faster parts actually bring back the raw 90's black metal feeling at times which they also mix in a small amount of blast beats to bring in more of a lethal blackened attack.
A good amount of the slower slower material displays more of a melodic side to the bands musical style and on the instrumental you can hear some melodies that have almost a post black metal feeling to them while the last 2 songs shows the band sticking to more of a purer form of the genre along with the last song being a 10 minute epic black metal song which also shows the band bringing in a brief use of spoken word parts.
Posthum plays a style of Norwegian black metal that has the grimness of the 90's bands while also having a melodic style that is more closer to what has been coming out of that country in the last few years and also I feel this style has been a little overplayed over the years I still feel the bands is very good for what they are trying to achieve, the production has a very raw yet professional sound while the lyrics cover darkness and nature themes.
In my opinion Posthum are a very great sounding Norwegian black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Demon Black Skies" "The Black Northern Ritual" and "North". 8 out of 10.