Athos are a solo project from Greece that plays a very raw form of black metal and this is a review of his 2016 album "Noht Leraport" which was released by Symbol Of Domination Productions.
Nature sounds and bells start off the album along with some melodic chanting in the background and after the intro the music goes into a faster direction that also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw feeling while the lyrics are high pitched black metal screams and they also keep the chants from the intro and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the guitar leads are done in a very melodic fashion and the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody and most of the music is heavily rooted in the 90's second wave style and there is also a brief use of ritualistic spoken word parts and clean singing and one track also brings in a few seconds of demonic growls and synths are used in the background for a few seconds on the last track.
Athos plays a style of black metal that is very traditional and raw in the 90's second wave tradition, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Greek and cover Anti Religion and Ancient Pride themes.
In my opinion Athos are a very great sounding raw, melodic and old school black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Enaht Ep Iesp Etsip" "Samset Hats Sitop Aasem" and "Anap Uotif Ort Sipei". 8 out of 10.