Norway's solo project Minneriket have returned with a new recording that is also in the ambient style of black metal and this is a review of his album "Anima Sola" which will be released in 2018 by Akslen Black Art Records.
Bass playing and clean guitars start off the album before adding in heavier riffing and grim black metal screams which also have a depressive and suicidal edge at times while the synths also bring in elements of ambient along with the solos and leads being done in a very dark yet melodic fashion.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the faster sections of t he songs bring in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the songs a more raw feeling along with the songs also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
The riffs also bringing in a decent amount of melody and as the album progresses a brief use of demonic growls can also be heard while all the drum beats are all programmed, when melodic vocals are used briefly they bring in a touch of goth rock as well as a brief use of spoken word parts and clean guitars on a few of the later tracks.
Minneriket creates another recording that remains true to his ambient style of black metal while also adding in a romantic and gothic touch, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Norwegian and English and cover Paganism, Existentialism, and Melancholy themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Minneriket and if you are a fan of ambient black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "An All Too Human Heart" "I AM The Serpent Son" and "Time For Suicide". 8 out of 10.