Birkenwald are a band from Italy that plays a very atmospheric and depressive form of post black metal and this is a review of their self released 2017 album "MDD" which will be released on June 22nd.
Tragic sounding keyboards along with some melodic post rock style guitar leads start off the album as well as some heavy riffs that also use a great amount of melody and clean playing is also used at times and clear vocals are also used briefly and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the tremolo picking also gives the songs a more raw feeling while you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and one of the tracks is all instrumental while a later also brings in a brief use of spoken word parts.
Birkenwald plays a musical style that takes atmospheric black metal and mixes it with depressive post rock to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very dark ad heavy while the lyrics cover dark and depressive themes.
In my opinion Birkenwald are a very great sounding atmospheric and depressive post black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMEMDED TRACKS INCLUDE "When Solitude Shines On Its Own" and "The Ghosts Left Behind". 8 out of 10.