Sweden's Stilla have returned with a new recording which also continues the melancholic style of black metal from previous recordings and this is a review of their 2016 album "Skuggflock" which will be released in August as a joint effort between Bindrune Recordings and Nordvis Produktion.
Clean guitar playing starts off the album and it also mixes in with the heavy and melodic sound that gets in a few seconds later which also introduces deep and grim black metal screams onto the recording and when the music speeds up it brings in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats.
During the faster sections of the songs the music brings in more of a raw black metal feeling while you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and stringed instruments can also be heard in some parts of the songs and the music also brings in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the clean sections also gives the music more of a progressive feeling and when guitar leads are utilized they remain true to a melodic style and atmospheric synths can also be heard in the music at times and there is also a brief use of classical guitars and melodic singing on some of the tracks and there is also a perfect balance between both old school and modern black metal influences and there are also traces of 70's progressive rock in some of the tracks.
Stilla creates another recording that remains true to the melancholic black metal style of previous recordings and also mix the raw, atmospheric, melodic and progressive sides of the genre to create something very original, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Swedish and cover poetic themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Stilla and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Varens Sista Onskan" "Til Den Som Skall Komma" and "Av Maran Riden". 8 out of 10.