Ezkaton are a band from Ukraine that plays a very atmospheric and depressive form of black metal and this is a review of their 2018 album "Plague For The Empires-Time" which will be released on April 30th by Wolfspell Records.
Clean guitars start of the album before going into a heavier direction which also introduces high pitched black metal screams onto the recording while atmospheric synths can also be heard at times along with some cries and war sounds being used briefly as well as some of the tracks being very long and epic in length.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while some of the riffing also brings in a small amount of melody and when the music speeds up on a couple of tracks a small amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs a more raw feeling.
Clean playing also returns on some of the later tracks along with a brief use of whispers and as the album progresses melodic guitar solos and leads are added onto the recording and they also bring in a cover of Drudkh's "Ukrainian Insurgent Army" along with most of the songs sticking to a slow direction.
Ezkaton plays a style of black metal that is mostly slow, atmospheric and depressive sounding, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover dark and depressive themes.
In my opinion Ezkaton are a very great sounding atmospheric and depressive black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Method of Despair" and "Darkest Crowler". 8 out of 10.