Plagues are a band from Massachusetts that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw and misanthropic form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2017 album "The great Dark Devotion" which will be released in March.
A very distorted sound starts off the album along with some ritualistic soundscapes and chants and after awhile the music starts going into more of a heavy and melodic direction along with some high pitched black metal screams and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
During the faster sections of the songs the riffs use a great amount of tremolo picking which also gives the tracks more of a raw black metal feeling along with the music also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and when guitar leads are utilized they are done in a very raw yet melodic fashion.
You can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and spoken word parts are also used briefly along with some of the tracks being very long and epic in length and as the album progresses some of the vocals also start getting deeper and one track also brings in a brief use of acoustic guitars and spoken word samples.
Plagues creates another recording that remains true to the raw and misanthropic style of black metal from previous releases while also sounding more modern and melodic this time around, the production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover darkness and misanthropic themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Plagues and if you are a fan of raw and misanthropic black metal, you should check out this cassette. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Abyss" "Hell" and "Devotion". 8 out of 10.