Defuntos are a band from Portugal that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of depressive black metal and doom and this is a review of their 2012 album "Vidas Vazias... Alamas Perdidas..." which was re-issued in 2016 on cassette by War Productions.
Female vocals start off the album and after the intro clean playing is added onto the recording along with some drum beats as well as some grim black metal screams which also use a rough yet melodic tone at times and a great portion of the songs are very long and epic in length and after awhile more depressive elements are added onto the recording.
A great amount of doom metal influences can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording and most of the songs are done with clean guitars instead of heavier riffs while still being very dark, depressive and grim sounding and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording and all of the tracks stick to a very slow musical direction.
Defuntos create something very different with this recording taking a depressive form of black metal and mixing it in with elements of doom metal while also avoiding any heavy and distorted guitars, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover death, suffering, sorrow, and longing themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording and if you are a fan of depressive black metal and doom, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS "II" and "V". 8 out of 10.