Vixenta are a band from Australia that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of depressive and post black metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 ep "Predation".
A very dark ambient sounding synth starts off the ep along with some slow and raw black metal guitars a few seconds later which also mixes in with the atmospheric background and after a few seconds high pitched screams and depressive sounding melodies find their way into the bands musical style.
When solos and leads are added into the music they add more to the melodic side of the bands musical sound along with some blast beats being utilized in certain sections of the recording while the clean parts and acoustic guitars when they are utilized bring in more of a post rock influence to the songs and throughout the recording there is a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Some of the synths the band uses bring in a very epic sound which is also a perfect fit for the depressive riffs and vocals and as the ep progresses the music starts going for more of a slow post black metal direction while still retaining the melancholic elements of their musical style and the last 2 songs are bonus tracks with last a cover of Burzum's "Black Spell Of Destruction" which also has a bass line that is more powerful sounding than the original version.
Vixenta continues their raw and melodic mixture of depressive and post black metal on this recording as well as adding more atmospheric and guitar leads into the music and they also show they have improved a lot as musicians over the years, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover loss and downward spiral themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Vixenta and if you are a fan of depressive, raw and melodic post black metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Predation" "Sea of Sorrow 2014". 8 out of 10.