Tennessee's solo project Twilight Fauna have returned with a new recording which continues the folk influenced atmospheric black metal sound of previous recordings and this is a review of his 2016 album "Fire Of The Spirit" which will be released in August as a joint effort between Ravenwood Recordings and Fragile Branch Recordings.
Spoken word samples from a southern backwoods church start off the album and after a few seconds acoustic guitars are added onto the recording which also gives the music more of a folk feeling and a great portion of the tracks a re very long and epic in length while also mixing spoken words in with the music at times.
After awhile heavy guitars make their presence known on the recording along with some black metal screams which are mixed down low in the mix and drum beats are added onto the second track while the riffs use a great amount of tremolo picking which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very dark, raw and melodic style and on some of the later tracks acoustic guitars make their return and also gives the music more of a Americana feeling as well as some songs also bringing in folk instruments and melodic singing while a later track mixes both acoustic and electric guitars together.
Twilight Fauna creates a recording that takes black metal and focuses more on the guitar riffing of the genre while also mixing in elements of folk music to create something very diffferent, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are based upon the Pentacostal snake cults and churches that are all around the backwoods area's of t he south.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Twilight Fauna and if you are a fan of raw black metal and folk music, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Green Moth In The Midst" and "Tongues Of Knowledge". 8 out of 10.