Helleborus are a duo from Colorado Springs, Colorado that plays a psychedelic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "The Carnal Sabbath" which will be released in June as a joint effort between Satanath Records and Black Plague Records.
A very dark, and avant garde ritualistic sound starts off the album along with some psychedelic elements which also mixes in with the heavier and atmospheric sound a few seconds later and after awhile grim black metal screams make their presence known on the recording and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats speeds up.
A more raw side of black metal can be heard in the faster riffing which also utilizes a great amount of tremolo picking while the solos and leads are very dark and melodic and they also demonstrate a great amount of talent and skill and throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
A great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and synths can also be heard quite a bit throughout the recording and as the album progresses elements of traditional metal can be heard in some of the guitar riffing while most of the music is in a more modern atmospheric black metal direction and a later song also brings in a brief use of clean playing and the songs also bring in a great amount of diversity and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Helleborus plays a very diverse form of black metal that can be very heavy, melodic and atmospheric at times while the psychedelic elements make the songs stand out a bit more and gives the music more of an original style, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Occultism and Left hand path themes with a touch of Lovecraftian horror.
In my opinion Helleborus are a very great sounding psychedelic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Coils" "Draconian Discipline' "Temple Of Seventh Death" and "The Carnal Sabbath". 8/5 out of 10.