Bathyum are a solo project from the United Kingdom that plays a very old school form of black metal and this is a review of his 2016 album "Rituals Of the Damned" which will be released in July by Heathen Tribes Records.
A very dark, raw and old school black metal sound starts off the album along with a great amount of tremolo picking before speeding up and adding in blast beats and grim screams and the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's second wave tradition and the music can also get very melodic at times.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great amount of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic tradition and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and the songs are very heavily rooted in the Norwegian tradition of the genre.
Clean playing can be heard in some songs and some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length and there is also an instrumental track while a later song also introduces synths into the music before returning back to a heavier direction and the last track brings in a small amount of horror movie samples.
Bathyum plays a style of black metal that is very raw and old school in the 90's second wave tradition while also adding in some modern touches, the production sounds very raw yet heavy at the same time while the lyrics cover Darkness, Occultism,, Satanism and Anti Religion themes.
In my opinion Bathyum are a very great sounding raw, old school style black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Godless Warrior" "Satanic Sodomy" and "Black Exorcism". 8 out of 10.