Russia's Abigorum teams up with U.S.A's Cryostasium to create an album that mixes black metal with psychedelic, ambient, experimental and doom metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Unholy Ghost Liturgy" which was released as a joint effort between Satanath Records and Abstruce Eerie Radiance.
Ambient style synths start off the album giving the recording an atmosphere of a horror movie and also mixes in with the heavier side of the music and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw black metal feeling.
A decent amount of melody can be heard in the guitar riffing and grim yet depressive screams along with psychedelic elements can be heard at times and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the album progresses the music gets more experimental while also remaining very dark and heavy.
Some tracks also bring in a small amount of clean guitars and some of the tracks are all instrumental and you can hear a touch of doom metal in the slower sections of the songs along with a few that are also very long and epic in length and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and when guitar leads are utilized they stick to more of a melodic style and a great amount of diversity can be heard throughout the recording and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts as the album progresses and they also bring in a cover of CME's "None".
Abigorum and Cryostasium creates a recording that takes the raw, depressive and atmospheric sides of black metal and mixes it with doom, ambient, experimental and psychedelia to create a very original style, the production sounds very raw yet powerful at the same time while the lyrics cover ghosts and paranormal themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from both Abigorum and Cryostasium and if you are a fan of the more experimental and ambient styles of black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Unholy Ghosts" "Last Galaxy" "Essential Death" and "The Quiet Room". 8 out of 10.