Onferno are a band from Italy that plays a very unholy form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "Cathartic Offering".
Rain sounds start off the album along with some drum beats and distortion and a few seconds later grim screams are added onto the recording and after the intro the music starts going for more of a black metal direction as well as bringing in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts which also shows the vocals getting more high pitched and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Blast beats can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording and the music has a mid 90's Norwegian style black metal feeling at times while also having a more raw edge than the bands of that era and at times the vocals also have a very depressive and suicidal feeling to them and as the album progresses you can hear more of a raw and atmospheric approach to black metal being utilized.
All of the tracks stick to a very true and pure form of black metal and the band avoids adding in any modern trends from the past 10 years and focuses more on a sound that contains a great amount of variety while also remaining very raw, dark and heavy and always retains a very black metal orientated atmosphere which also has a very melodic edge at times and one of the later tracks also shows the band adding in a brief use of guitar leads and spoken word ritualistic parts.
Onferno creates a very raw and dark style of black metal with their musical sound as well as showing the ability to bring in atmosphere and still keeping it very grim and there is never a soft or weak moment to be heard anywhere on this recording, the production sounds very dark, raw and old school in the true black metal tradition while the lyrics cover dark and blasphemous themes.
In my opinion Onferno are a very great sounding unholy black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "At Dusk Came The Madness" "Mat Death Bloom In My Enemy" and "Cursed Chant of the Maniac Mind" which is also an instrumental. 8 out of 10.