Barbelith are a band from Maryland that has been featured before in this zine and plays a depressive and atmospheric form of post black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Mirror Unveiled" which was released by Grimoire Records.
A very dark, distorted and heavy post black metal sound starts off the album and after a minute the music starts adding in more of a raw and melodic sound along with some blast beats and grim, high pitched screams as well as a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the solos and leads the band uses are very melodic and adds more to the post black metal style of the recording.
Clean playing can be heard quite a bit in some parts of the recording and they bring in more of a progressive metal sound to the bands musical style along with some synths and a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the songs do also bring in a good mixture of clean acoustical parts and heavy raw black metal elements which also leads to the screams adding in more dsbm influences.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and you can hear a great amount of indie, hardcore and post rock influences being mixed into the bands musical sound which also gives the songs a lot more variety and originality and they also bring in a couple of tracks that are a little bit more shorter and around 6 to 4 minutes.
Barbelith creates another raw, depressive, atmospheric and melodic post black metal recording with this album as well as demonstrating a great amount of progress as musicians while also remaining true to their style, the production sounds very dark, raw and heavy while th e lyrics cover consciousness, astral travel, introspection, darkness and life.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Barbelith and if you are a fan of raw and atmospheric, post black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Astral Plane" and "Reverse Fall". 8 out of 10.