Crom Dubh are a band from the United Kingdom that plays a raw and melodic from of black metal with elements of folk music and post rock and this is a review of their 2015 album "Heimweh" which was released by Van Records.
A very distorted sounding guitar drone starts off the album and after the intro the music starts going for more of a raw style of black metal along with some blast beats and grim yet high pitched screams and you can also hear a decent amount of melody in the bands musical style and the music also uses a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and you can also hear some post and cascadian black metal influences in the bands musical style and the music can also be very atmospheric at times and when solos and leads are utilized they are very dark and melodic sounding and their is also a brief instrumental that also adds in traces of folk music before the album makes its return to a heavier direction on the following tracks.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and a couple of the songs also brings in a brief use of deep growls and on one of the later tracks clean playing is brought onto the recording briefly and they add more of a pagan atmosphere to the bands musical style and when the music goes back to being heavier you can hear a bit of mid 90's viking metal in the bands musical style and they also bring in another atmospheric instrumental before closing the album with a heavier track.
Crom Dubh plays a style of black metal that can be very raw and melodic at times but also adds in a touch of folk and post rock to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very raw yet heavy at the same time while the lyrics run parallel to Hesiod's five ages of man.
In my opinion Crom Dubh are a very great sounding raw and melodic, modern black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Cutting Teeth II" "Kings II' "Heimweh" and "Sailing To Byzantium". 8 out of 10.