Witnania are a band from Germany that plays a melodic mixture of black and dark and metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "Blutenstaub und Weidenharz".
A very slow, dark, heavy and melodic sound starts off the album before speeding up along with blast beats, grim black metal screams and raw guitars and you can hear a lot of atmosphere in the bands musical sound along with a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the solos and leads the band uses are very dark and bring a great amount of melody into the songs.
Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and when clean playing is utilized they bring in a more progressive feeling to the recording along with small amounts of clean singing being utilized in certain sections of the recording which also bring in 90's dark/goth metal feeling on some of the tracks that they are utilized on .
In some of the cleaner sections whispers and slide guitars are brought in at times and the music also brings in an early 90's melodic doom/death metal feeling at times while the faster parts also bring in a very raw old school black metal sound at times which works very well in the songs with all of the music being very dark and atmospheric and as the album progresses a good amount of the tracks also bring in elements of folk music while the last song brings in an operatic and classical music feeling.
Withanis plays a style of metal that is heavily influenced by the melodic and atmospheric forms of black metal while they also add in elements of doom metal, progressive and folk music to create their own style of dark metal, the production sounds very dark and powerful for being a self released recording while the lyrics are written in German and cover nature themes.
In my opinion Withania are a re great sounding melodic mixture of black and dark metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Weidenharz" "Der Winter Nacht" and "Mit der Flut". 8 out of 10.