Ravendark's Monarchal Canticle are a band from Brazil that plays a raw mixture of black, death and thrash metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Sobre as Cinzas do Francasso Alheio" which was released by Hammer of Damnation.
Air raid sirens and sounds of war start off the album along with soem World War II style military music in the background and after a couple of minutes the music gets heavier and goes for a raw blackened thrash metal style that also uses a great amount of blast beats and blackened death metal style growls.
Morbid sounding melodies can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording and the band also brings in a lot of extreme metal influences from the legendary bands of their home country and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and high pitched black metal screams can also be heard at times.
Military samples also make their return on later tracks and the music is perfectly balanced between both the first and second wave styles of black metal and they also bring in a Sodom cover and as the album progresses a brief use of classical guitars can be heard along with a brief use of melodic chanting before making a return back to a heavier musical direction and some of the faster riffs bring elements of bestial black and war metal onto the recording and there are also a couple of tracks that are very long and epic in length.
Ravendark's Monarchal Canticle plays a musical style that takes the heaviest and most raw elements of South American black, death and thrash metal and mix them in with a great amount of war samples to create one of rawest and heaviest extreme metal album to be released in a long time, the production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics are written in their native tongue and cover war and hatred themes.
In my opinion Ravendark's Monarchal Canticle are a very great sounding raw mixture of black, death and thrash metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Execucao Final" "Sodomia E Luxuria" "Antihumanismo Patrio" and "Destruicao Em Massa". 8 out of 10.