Greece's Varathron have returned with a new recording continuing the occult black metal sound of previous recordings and this is a review of their 2015 "The Confessional Of The Black Penitents" which consists of 3 new tracks and 4 life tracks.
Clean playing starts off the ep along with some synths and a few seconds grim black metal screams and deep growls and on the second track the music gets more heavy and along with some melodic guitar leads and they also mix the clean and heavy parts together and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and when the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats along with more of a raw style of black metal and the songs stick to either a slow or mid paced musical direction and the music also gets very atmospheric and progressive at times and the live tracks remain true to the original versions and the last track brings in melodic choirs that gives the music a ritualistic feeling.
Varathron continues the melodic and occult black metal sound of previous recordings with the newer tracks and the live songs also continue the atmosphere of the original versions, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover legends, mythos, mystery, horror, evil and occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding from Varathron and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sinister Recollections" and "Kabalistic Invocation Of Solomon". 8 out of 10.