Toska are a band from Iceland that plays a raw and melodic form of black metal and this is a review of their self titled 2016 ep which will be released on May 15th by Eihwaz Recordings.
Atmospheric sounds and melodic guitar leads start off the ep and after the intro the music goes into a very fast and raw black metal direction t hat uses a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking while also keeping the leads from the intro and the riffs also use a great amount of melody.
When vocals are added onto the recording they are grim black metal screams and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the influences are perfectly balanced between both old school and modern influences of the genre and when synths are utilized they give the songs more of an epic feeling along with a brief ambient instrumental while the ep closes with 2 black metal tracks along with one song also introducing classical guitars onto t he recording.
Toska plays a style of black metal that is very raw and aggressive while also having its atmospheric and melodic moments, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are inspired by the writings of Polish poet Tadeusz Micinski and while also covering nature and winter themes.
In my opinion Toska are a very great sounding raw, melodic and atmospheric black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Algrid Gales" and "Blizzard tales". 8 out of 10.