Orthank are a band from Russia that plays a very raw and atmospheric form of pagan/black metal and this is a review of their 2014 cassette "Rotting World" which was released by Wohrt Records.
A very dark, melodic and atmospheric sound starts off the album along with some pagan chanting which are also brought back on the last track before adding in grim screams and synths in the background and on the other tracks the music starts to speed up a bit and brings in more of a raw and old school sound along with a good amount of blast beats.
There is a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts present throughout the recording and the music sticks to a 90's style of pagan/black metal and after awhile the bass guitars get more powerful sounding and the band also brings in a brief use of guitar leads on a few tracks while some of the other songs show the vocals adding in a good mixture of both deep and high pitched screams.
Orthank plays a style of pagan/black metal that is very raw and also captures the 90's style perfectly, the production sound s very dark, raw and old school while the lyrics cover Paganism themes.
In my opinion Orthank are a very great sounding raw pagan/black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this cassette. RECOMMENDED TRACKS "II" "V" and "VII". 8 out of 10.