France's Azziard have returned with a new recording which shows the music going into more of a modern style of black metal with some depressive and suicidal touches and this is a review of their 2017 album "Metempsychose" which will be released in December by Malpermesita Records.
Acoustic guitar playing starts off the album before going into more of a heavier musical direction while background voices can also be heard briefly along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic fashion and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
During the faster sections of the songs a great amount of tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the songs a more raw feeling while the vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched screams along with the riffs also bringing in a decent amount of melody and elements of death metal are also used at times as well as some guttural growls.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while some of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with a brief use of spoken word parts and some tracks also bring in a small amount of atmospheric soundscapes and as the album progresses more depressive elements are added into the music and at times the music brings in an experimental and avant garde touch and clean guitars as well as some chants and operatic female vocals are used briefly on the closing track.
On this recording Azziard plays a style of black metal that is very modern and aggressive while also adding in some depressive touches and death metal influences at times to create a very heavy recording, the production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics are written in French and cover the writings of Carl Jung.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Azziard and if you are a fan of modern and aggressive black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "L' Enfer" "Ascension" "Archetype" and "Le Sacrifice". 8 out of 10.