Gaerea are a band from Portugal that has been featured before in this zine and plays a modern form of black metal on this recording which also incorporates elements of sludge and hardcore and this is a review of t heir 2018 album "Unsettling Whispers" which will be released in June by Transcending Obscurity Records.
Atmospheric sounds and clean playing start off the album while whispers can also be heard briefly along with a small amount of spoken word parts and after awhile depressive black metal screams start to make their presence known as well as all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs a more raw feeling while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the slow and mid tempo sections of the songs bringing in elements of sludge and hardcore.
The riffs also bring in a decent amount of melody while the solos and leads bring in the modern and melodic atmospheric style along with a couple of the tracks being very long and epic in length and at times the music also brings in avant garde and experimental elements as well as the vocals also throwing in angry shouts and deep growls.
On this recording Gaerea expands on their modern style of black metal by adding in some elements of sludge and hardcore while keeping the raw aggression and brutality in the faster sections of the songs, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover narcissism, self destruction, misanthropy and mental numbness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Gaerea and if you are a fan of modern and aggressive black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ansent" "Lifeless Immortality" and "Catharsis". 8/5 out of 10.