Gespenst are a band from Denmark that plays black metal with some touches of funeral doom and dark ambient and this is a review of their 2016 album "Forfald" which was released by Duplicate Records.
A very raw black metal sound along with some tremolo picking starts off the album before speeding up and adding in blast beats as well as some melodic riffing and high pitched screams and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and the music brings in a lot of 90's second wave influences.
Clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and elements of dark ambient and funeral doom can be heard in some parts of the songs along with some synths.
Some of the riffs also bring in a more modern atmospheric black metal style and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very dark and melodic fashion and the vocals also get very grim at times and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts and as the album progresses the music starts getting more diverse.
Gespenst plays a musical style that takes both the raw and atmospheric sides of black metal and mixes it in with elements of funeral doom and dark ambient to create something very different, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Danish and English and cover dark themes.
In my opinion Gespenst are a very great sounding black metal band with elements of funeral doom and dark ambient and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Revelation Of Maggots" and "Life Drained to the Black Abyss". 8 out of 10.