Alasthor are a band from Mexico that plays a mixture of black and doom metal and this is a review of their self titled 2013 ep which was released by Satanath Records.
A very dark and atmospheric synth sound starts off the ep and after the intro the heavy and atmospheric starts start to mix them along with some grim black metal screams and the slower sections of the songs mix in a great amount of doom metal elements and the music is also very heavily rooted in the early 90's.
Clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording along with a small amount of spoken word parts and there is also a brief use of death metal growls and when the music speeds up it brings in more of a raw and depressive style of black metal along with a small amount of blast beats while the riffing also adds melodies onto some of the tracks and they close the ep with a cover of Burzum's "Lost Wisdom".
Alasthor plays a musical style that takes the 90's and depressive styles of black metal and mixes it with doom metal to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very dark, raw and old school while the lyrics cover death, negativity, and grief themes.
In my opinion Alasthor are a very great sounding mixture of black and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Cult of the Dead" and "Into the Depths Of The Universe". 8 out of 10.