AnKou are a solo project from France that plays a nature and pagan orientated from of ambient black metal and this is a review of the tracks he has self released on both bandcamp and facebook so far.
Clean playing and exotic style female vocals start off the track along with some elements of post rock which is also mixed in with ambient style synths and after awhile heavy guitars a added onto the recording and when the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can be heard and melodic chants along with war and spoken word samples also being used briefly.
Spoken word samples and nature sounds start off the track along with some acoustic guitars a few seconds later which also mixes in with the heavier riffs a few seconds later and when guitar leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion.
Ambient style synths and drum programming starts off the song and also mixes in with the black metal influenced heavy riffs which also uses a decent amount of melody and you can also hear background voices as well as some demonic vocals and the song is also inspired by the poems of Charles Baudelaire and melodic Gregorian chants are also used briefly.
AnKou plays a musical style that takes pagan, black metal, ambient and post rock and mixes them together to create a sound of his own while the production gives the songs a dark atmosphere.
In my opinion AnKou are a very great sounding mixture of ambient, pagan and black metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. 8 out of 10.