Prayer Of The Dying are a solo project from Malta that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording goes for more of a melodic and blasphemous form of black metal with some elements of doom and death metal and this is a review of his self released 2017 album "Banished From Death".
Acoustic guitars start off the album along with some elements of folk music and after the intro grim yet high pitched black metal screams and melodic guitar leads are added onto the recording while the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody along with clean vocals also being added into certain sections of the recording.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while acoustic guitars are used on some of the later tracks as well as a brief use of ethnic music instruments and influences along with the slower sections of the songs mixing in elements of doom metal, some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and when the music somewhat speeds up briefly a small amount of blast beats can be heard and there is also a couple of instrumentals and most of the music sticks to either a slow or mid tempo direction.
On this recording Prayer Of The Dying go into more of a melodic mixture of black and doom metal, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover death, darkness and anti Christian themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Prayer Of The Dying and if you are a fan of melodic black and doom metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Blessed With Death" "Blaspheme Thy Name" "Faith Is For The Weak" and "Death Over Life", 8 out of 10.