Insanity Cult are a band from Greece that has been featured before in this zine and plays a raw form of black metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Of Despair And Self Destruction" which will be released in February by Ogmios Underground.
Acoustic guitar playing starts off the album and after the intro the music goes into a very fast and raw musical direction that also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams and w hen guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the music also brings in a great amount of 90's second wave influences and when spoken word parts are utilized they give the songs more of a ritualistic feeling along with acoustic guitars also returning in certain sections of the recording.
At times the vocals also bring in a depressive edge at times while some of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and as the album progresses clean playing can also be heard briefly along with some of the heavier riffing bringing in a small amount of melody and there is also an acoustic interlude before returning back to a heavier direction.
Insanity Cult creates another recording that remains true to the raw and epic style of black metal from previous releases, the production sounds very dark, raw and heavy while the lyrics cover Mythology, Nothingness, Misanthropy, Inner Struggles, Nihilism and Self Destruction themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Insanity Cult and if you are a fan of raw, epic and misanthropic black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Seeds of Lesser Gods" "In My Abysmal Dreams" and "Sinister Lights And Manic-Depression". 8 out of 10.