Hope Drone are a band from Australia that has been featured before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of post black metal with elements of sludge and this is a review of their 2015 album "Cloak of Ash" which will be released in July by Relapse Records.
A very dark and atmospheric ambient drone sound starts off the album and a few seconds alter the music starts going into more of a fast, raw and atmospheric black metal direction along with a great amount of blast beats as well as adding in grim high pitched screams and a great amount of melody and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the music is very heavily influenced by the cascadian style of black metal and there is also a good balance between both clean and heavy parts and the solos and leads the band uses bring a very melodic post rock feeling to the recording while the slower sections of the riffing are very heavily influenced by sludge and doom metal and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and they also bring in an instrumental track before closign the album with a song that uses vocals.
Hope Drone creates another atmospheric post black metal album that is very heavily rooted in the cascadian style while also standing out a bit more with the sludge and doom metal elements, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover dark, nihilistic and nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Hope Drone and if you are a fan of the atmospheric, cascadian and post styles of black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Unending Grey" "The Chords that Thrum beneath the Earth" and "Carried Apart by the Ceaseless Tides". 8 out of 10.