Italy's Dawn Of A Dark Age have returned with the final volume in a 4 part series which also shows them the jazz influenced experimental and avant garde style of black metal and this is a review of their album "The Six Elements, Vol.4 Air" which will be released in 2016 by Nemeton Records.
Distorted drones and soundscapes start off the album giving the music an experimental and avant garde feeling and you can also hear nature sounds at times and after awhile grim black metal screams kick in and after the intro acoustic guitars are added onto the recording along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
Once the music gets heavy it goes for a fast, raw black metal style that also uses a great amount of blast beats and once the music slows down folk instruments and melodies are added onto the recording and the songs also bring in a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and classical guitars can be heard at times.
Elements of jazz and ethnic music can be heard in the music at times and when whispers are utilized they add in a grim atmosphere and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with most of the tracks being very long and epic in length and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the music also brings atmospheric synths into some parts of the songs and one song also brings in a brief use of melodic vocals.
Dawn Of A Dark Age creates another recording that shows that black metal can be very experimental and mix in different non metal genres while also keeping a very raw and grim atmosphere as well as being very original, the production sounds very raw yet powerful and heavy at the same time, while the lyrics cover natural world, human nature, despair, hatred and seasons.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Dawn Of A Dark Age and if you are a fan of experimental and avant garde black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Children Of The Wind" and "Jukai". 8 out of 10.