Dead River Runs Dry are a band from Australia that plays a very diverse form of black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Hierophants Of The Sun" which will be released in June by Static Tension Recordings.
Dark soundscapes start off the album along with some distorted reverbs a few seconds later setting up the mood for some heavy guitars to kick in and after the intro the music goes into a very fast and raw black metal direction that also utilizes a great amount of blast beats and growling vocals that start evolving into high pitched screams.
Elements of thrash can be heard in the music at times and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the growls give the music an influence of death metal and the faster riffs also use a great amount of tremolo ;picking while also adding a lot of melodies into the open note riffs.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very dark and melodic fashion and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording while the black metal vocals also get more grim as the album progresses and some songs also bring in influences of hard rock and heavy metal while others add in psychedelia and experimental music and there is also a few seconds of melodic vocals while the main focus remains more on an aggressive style of black metal and the last track is long and epic in length and also brings in a small amount of clean guitars.
Dead River Runs Dry plays a style of black metal that is mostly rooted in the raw side of the genre while also being melodic and also adding in touches of death metal, hard rock and experimental to create a style of their own, the production sounds very dark yet heavy at the same time while the lyrics cover dark, angry and misanthropic themes.
In my opinion Dead River Runs Dry are a very great sounding and diverse black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Only Skies Remain" "Skull Of The Wind" "Revenge Upon Fate" and "For the Fallen". 8 out of 10.