Demonic Slaughter are a band that has been featured before in this zine and with their current material they go for more of an ambient style of raw black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Dark paths To Catharsis" which was released as a joint effort between Hass Weg Productions and Lower Silensian Stronghold.
Nature sounds start off the album along with some ambient style keyboards which also gives the music a very atmospheric feeling and after the intro the music starts going into more of a darker yet heavier musical direction along with all of the musical instruments sounding very powerful as well as bringing in grim black metal screams.
When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw black metal feeling while the riffs also bring in a great amount of dark sounding melodies and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and keyboards also make a return in certain sections of the recording and some songs are all instrumental and when guitar solos and leads are brought into the music they are done in a very melodic fashion and the vocals also add in a touch of melody at times without losing their aggressive edge and there is also a brief use of acoustic guitars.
Demonic Slaughter plays a style of black metal that is still very raw while also bringing in some of the atmospheric and epic structures of 90's Polish black metal as well as bringing in elements of ambient to take their musical style to t he next level, t he production sounds very dark, raw and old school while the lyrics cover darkness, nature and occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Demonic Slaughter and if you are a fan of raw, epic and atmospheric black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dark Paths To Catharsis" "Black Rain" "Rituals Of Honour And Revenge" and "Into the Cold Mountains". 8 out of 10.