Istidraj are a band from Singapore that has had an album reviewed before in this zine and plays a very raw and satanic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Muerte Mundi Militia" which was released on cassette by Iron Country Records.
A very dark and evil sounding synth starts off the album bringing in a very epic atmosphere and a few seconds later drum beats and spoken word parts are added onto the recording before going into a heavier musical direction which also introduces grim black metal screams into t he songs and some of the riffs also bring in melodies at times.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to t hem and when the music speeds up it goes for more of a raw black metal style that also utilizes a great amount of blast beats and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Some tracks also bring in a small amount of clean laying and the solos and leads the band uses are very dark and melodic sound while some of the riffs also bring in a touch of thrash and as the album progresses spoken word parts also make a return briefly on a couple of the songs while a couple of later tracks also bring in a few seconds of ritualistic sound effects an they close the album with a remix track that brings elements of electronic music to the bands musical style.
Istidraj creates more of a straightforward approach to black metal on this recording slowing down the music a bit while still being true to the genre while also showing a great amount of progress and skills as musicians, the production sounds very powerful and heavy while the lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism and Anti Christian themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Istidraj and if you are a fan of raw and satanic black metal, you should check out this cassette. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Lux Noir" "The Destroyer Of Life" "Illuminating Darkness" and "Earth's Crematoria". 8 out of 10.