Ancient Spheres are a band from Costa Rica that plays a very raw and melodic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "In Conspiracy With The Night" which was released as a joint effort between Satanath Records and More Hate Productions.
Nighttime and nature sounds start off the album along with some tribal and shamanistic elements being utilized in the background and after the intro the music goes into more of a raw and melodic black metal direction along with some grim screams and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Blast beats can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording and the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's and the solos and leads also seem to be very heavily influenced by the melodic Swedish black metal style and some of the riffs also bring in a touch of thrash at times a and the also mix the Native American sounds in with the heavier parts.
At times the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the album progresses a brief use of death metal growls can be heard and on the bonus tracks spoken word parts and chanting are brought into the music and they also give the songs more of a ritualistic feeling and on song also brings in a few seconds of war samples.
Ancient Spheres plays a style of black metal that is very raw, melodic and old school sounding while also mixing in the culture of their home country which also makes the music stand out a bit more, the production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover the ancient tribes of Costa Rica such as Bribris, Darkness and Obscurtanism themes.
In my opinion Ancient Spheres are a very great sounding fast, raw and melodic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Invoking Darkness" "Emperors Of The Night" "My Ancient Spirits" and "Serkes". 8 out of 10.