Vicar are a solo project from Oregon that plays a very raw form of black metal and this is a review of his self released 2015 demo.
Melodic and ritualistic chanting starts off the demo and after the intro clean playing is added into the music briefly before going into more of a heavy and raw style direction that also introduces grim high pitched screams onto the recording and the music also brings in a good mixture of both clean and heavy parts.
Most of the music is rooted in the raw second wave style of black metal and also brings in dark sounding melodies at times that also gives the music more of an evil and occult atmosphere and most of the songs stick to mostly a slow or mid paced direction while the music does also speed up and get fast on some tracks along with the vocals also getting deep and demonic in some parts of the songs and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts being added onto a alter track.
Vicar plays a style of occult black metal that is very dark and raw and also strays away from what you would expect from a Northwestern band, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Hermiticism, Ceremonial Magick and Left Hand Path themes.
In my opinion Vicar are a very great sounding occult black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this demo. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Upon A Blackened Mountain" and "Seven Principles". 8 out of 10.