Raventale are a solo project from Ukraine that has been featured before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of blackened metal and this is a review of his 2013 compilation album "Memories" which was released as a joint effort between Satanath Records and Dark East Productions.
A very dark synth sound starts off the compilation giving the music and epic feeling and after the intro the music starts getting more heavy and melodic while also keeping the atmosphere along with some grim black metal screams and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and also mix in a great amount of doom metal elements.
A lot of the 90's style of dark metal can be heard in the music at times and the songs also bring in a small amount of death metal growls and the solos and leads are also very dark and melodic sounding and all of the songs stick to either a slow or mid paced musical direction and there is also a brief instrumental track and one of the songs also brings in a small amnount of female and male operatic vocals.
On his earlier material Raventale played a musical style that had its rooted in atmospheric and depressive black metal while also mixing in the doom/death metal sound into some of the riffing and vocals to create some very dark and melancholic, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover forest, rain, darkness and depression themes along with a few tracks being written in his native tongue.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding compilation from Raventale and if you are a fan of atmospheric, dark and doom metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "My Birds Of Misfortune" "Nostalgia" "Gone" and "Suicide As The destined End". 8 out of 10.