Old Graves are a band from British Columbia, Canada that has been featured before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of black metal with some folk and doom metal elements and this is a review of their 2016 album "Long Shadows" which was released by Naturmacht Productions.
Acoustic guitars start off the album and they also give the music a progressive and folk music feeling and after a minute the music goes into more of a dark, heavy and melodic direction and the vocals are mostly high pitched depressive black metal screams and synths are also brought into the music at times.
Throughout the recording the music alternates between both the heavy and acoustic parts while a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the songs also bring in a lot of modern atmospheric and post black metal elements and the guitar solos and leads bring in a very dark and melodic style.
When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw black metal feeling and there are also a couple of instrumentals which also shows the synths incorporating more ambient elements and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while some of the slower riffs are influenced by doom metal.
Old Graves creates a recording that is still very heavily rooted in the atmospheric black metal style while also adding in more folk music elements this time around, the production sounds very raw yet powerful at the same time while the lyrics cover melancholy, nature and death themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Old Graves and if you are a fan of atmospheric black metal with elements of folk, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sumas" and "Teeth Pulled From Gnashing Jaws". 8 out of 10.