Russia's solo project Astarium have returned with a new recording that continues his symphonic style of occult black metal from previous releases and this is a review of his 2017 album "Drum-Ghoul" which was released as a joint effort between Symbol Of Domination and More Hate Productions.
Soundscapes and field recordings start off the album along with some melodic guitar leads and symphonic sounding synths a few seconds later which also mixes in elements of ambient and after a few minutes heavy guitar riffs and drum beats are added onto the recording along with some grim black metal vocals.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while all of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the riffs also utilize a great amount of melody and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and when tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
Astarium creates another recording that remains true to his symphonic and ambient style of occult black metal from previous releases, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Darkness, Eternity, Death and Occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Astarium and if you are a fan of symphonic, ambient and occult black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dread Asylum" and "Pernicious Elixer". 8 out of 10.