Leviathan are a solo project from the United States which needs no introduction and on this recording played a very raw and depressive form of black metal and this is a review of his 2017 compilation album "The First Sublevel Of Suicide" which consists of unreleased demo tracks which where recorded before his first full length "The 10th Sublevel Of Suicide".
Raw tremolo picking riffs start off t he compilation along with some dark sounding melodies while the faster sections of the songs bring in a great amount of blast beats while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams as well as most of the tracks being very long and epic in length.
At times the vocals throw in depressive screams while the song also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the music bringing in atmospheric riffing that would later influence future bands as well as one track also bringing in a brief use of demonic voices and when synths are utilized they also add in a touch of ambient and clean guitars can also be heard briefly.
On this recording Leviathan played a style of black metal that was more raw and depressive then later releases taking a lot of second wave influences and taking them into a direction that was very original for its time and also showing what was to come in the future for USBM, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover depression, darkness, suicide and misanthropy themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding collection from Leviathan and if you are a fan of this solo project, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Bitter Emblem Of Dissolve" and "The Idiot Sun". 8/7 out of 10.