Stahlsarg are a band from the United Kingdom that plays raw and melodic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Mechanisms Of Misanthropy" which will be released on Halloween by Non Serviam Records.
Atmospheric soundscapes start off the album along with some heavy riffing that also uses a great amount of tremolo picking to give the music more of a raw feeling along with some blast beats while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams and spoken word parts are also utilized at times.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the solos and leads are done in a very dark yet melodic fashion along with the songs also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and acoustic guitars are also added on some of the tracks.
Some of the songs are very long and epic in length while the riffs also use a great amount of melody and also adds in some goth, death and thrash metal elements along with a later track being a brief ambient instrumental before returning back to a heavier direction and the music also mixes the old school style with a more modern take on the genre.
Stahlsarg plays a style of black metal that is very raw, melodic and traditional sounding, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover oppression, survival death themes with some references to Norwegian resistance hero Jan Baalsrud, Sophie Scholl & the White Rose Movement.
In my opinion Stahlsarg are a very great sounding raw and melodic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Raise The Dead" "Far Beyond the Dragons Teeth" "Hope Lies Frozen" and "In The Lungs Of the Earth". 8 out of 10.