This is a review of another recording from Germany's Imperious which continues the epic and atmospheric style of black metal and the album was originally released in 2016 and called "Tales Of Woe The Journey Of Odysseus Part II: From Hades To Ithaca" which will be re-issued in November by Massacre Records.
Acoustic guitar playing starts off the album along with all of the musical instruments sounding very powerful before going into more of a heavier and melodic musical direction while the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody as well as a couple of the tacks being instrumentals.
Most of the songs are very long and epic in length while some songs also bring in a small amount of female vocals and as the album progresses grim black metal scrams start to make their presence known and when tremolo picking is utilized it gives the songs more of a raw feeling as well.
Synths are also mixed in with the heavier sections of the music while stringed instruments can also be heard briefly along with most of the music sticks mostly to either a slow or mid tempo direction, one track also brings in a brief use of spoken word parts and when the music finally speeds up a small amount of blast beats can be heard as well as a small amount of growls.
On this recording Imperious slow everything down a bit to a more mid tempo style of atmospheric black metal while still being very epic at the same time, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics continue the story of Homer's Odysseus and his long journey home.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Imperious and if you are a fan of epic and atmospheric black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sirens" "The Isle Of The Solar God" and "Bloodbound - The Bow Of Odysseus". 8 out of 10.