Crowhurst are a band from Los Angelic, California that plays an experimental mixture of black metal, harsh noise, drone, doom and sludge and this is a review of their self titled 2015 album which will be released in April on vinyl and 8 track by Ivory Antler Recordings.
A very distorted and heavy bass guitar starts off the album along with a great amount of reverb before going into a more heavy sludge/doom metal direction along with some melodies and harsh noise sounds and after the intro more of an atmospheric black metal sound is added onto the recording along with a great amount of high pitched screams.
Guitar leads can be heard throughout the recording and they also have more of an a modern atmospheric black metal influence to them and the music also adds in parts that are very fast and raw as well as bringing in a great amount of blast beats while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and also mixes doom with black metal.
As the album progresses clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording along with a few tracks that are long and epic in length and one of the tracks bring in a brief use of clean singing which also adds in elements that would appeal to fans of the post genres of black and doom and all of the songs are very diverse and original while also remaining very heavy all at the same time and the last track also brings in spoken word parts.
Crowhurst takes a very raw, melodic and atmospheric style of black metal and mixes it in with the heavier side of sludge and doom while also experimenting with harsh noises and drones to create their own style, the production sounds very dark, raw and heavy while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Crowhurst are a very great sounding experimental mixture of atmospheric black metal, doom, sludge, drone and harsh noise and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Precipice of Stone" "It Is The Mercy" and "Langourous Void". 8 out of 10.