Dhampyr are a duo from Rhode Island that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a raw and lo-fi form of black metal with elements of indie, art, Psychedelic rock and shoegaze and this is a review of their 2015 album "Oceanclots" which will be released in March by Acephale Winter.
Acoustic guitar playing starts off the album and after a minute the recording starts adding in more of a slow and raw style of black metal along with some high pitched screams as well as keeping an experimental atmosphere and they also mix the clean and heavy parts together along with some synths that bring in elements of indie and alternative rock and the vocals also bring in deep growls in some parts of the recording.
When clean playing and spoken word parts are utilized the songs bring in more elements of shoegaze and post rock along with a touch of psychedelia and as the album progresses the music starts adding in more of a depressive and melodic style of black metal mixed in with the more experimental nature of the recording as well as most of the tracks being very long and epic in length.
As the album progresses a few instrumental tracks are added onto the recording some that also stay away from black metal and go for more of an ambient direction while some of the later songs bring in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a good amount of blast beats and suicidal sounding screams and cries and some of the tracks you can also hear a small amount of clean singing being utilized at times.
Dhampyr creates an album that still has a lot of their raw and depressive black metal roots and they mix them in with experimental, avant garde, ambient, indie, post, alternative and psychedelic rock to create and album that is very original and hard to categorize, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover cover suicide, drug overdoses and mental illness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding from Dhampyr and if you are a fan of depressive black metal that is very experimental, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Waltz of the Salivating Avalanche" "This Nirvana Of Tangled Bullets" "The Sewer Epiphanies" and "Her Cloudless Shoulders & All Our Smoke". 8 out of 10.