True Love are a solo project from Reno, Nevada that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw form of black metal and this is a review of his self released 2016 demo "Meditating Through Illusion".
Classical guitars start off the demo and they also use a good mixture of both finger picking and full chords and after awhile whispers are added onto the recording and after the intro the music starts to get a lot more heavier along with some melodic riffing and high pitched black metal s creams also start making their presence known.
When the music speeds up it uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the songs more of a raw black metal feeling and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and you can also hear a touch of doom in some of the slower riffing and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts.
Classical guitars also make a return on some of the later tracks and the music also mixes in a great amount of 90's second wave influences while also sounding very modern at the same times along with some of the screams also adding in a small amount of depressive elements and the last track is very long and epic in length.
True Love creates a style of black metal on this recording that is very raw and harsh sounding in the true tradition of the genre, the production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover mysticism, left hand path, self reliance, and hatred themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from True Love and if you are a fan of raw black metal, you should check out this demo. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sovereign Warrior" and "Evasion". 8 out of 10.