Stilla are a band from Sweden that has been featured before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Ensamhetens Andar" which is getting the vinyl version released in 2015 by Eisenwald.
Clean playing starts off the album along with some drum beats and grim black metal vocals a few seconds later and after a few seconds the music starts going into more of a heavy and melodic direction which also leads up to the music going into more of an atmospheric style and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
When the music speeds up the music starts bringing in more of a raw black metal feeling along with a decent amount of blast beats and the keyboards gives the songs more of an epic feeling and a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and you can lso hear eleemnts of progressive music in some parts of the songs.
Classical guitars can be heard in certain sections of the recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some of the songs also bring in a small amount of clean singing while some of the certain leads also bring in a more melodic and modern style of black metal an as the album progresses spoken word parts can be heard at times.
Stilla creates a black metal album that is very diverse mixing in a great amount of melodic, atmospheric and progressive elements into the songs while some songs also bring in a great amount of raw aggression, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Swedish and cover nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Stilla and if you are a fan of atmospheric black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ensamhetens Andar" "Hjarta av sten" and "Skuggornas Dop". 8 out of 10.