Listeriosis are a solo project from South Africa that has been recently featured in this zine and plays a very raw and depressive form of black metal with elements of sludge and this is a review of his self released 2018 album "Skin Hunger".
Clean playing starts off the album and they also add in a touch of blues music before going into a heavier direction along with some grim screams and lo-fi synths while the music also brings in a great amount of depressive elements as well as the riffs also bringing in a small amount of melody.
When tremolo picking is utilized it gives the songs a more raw feeling along with the slower sections of the songs bringing in elements of doom and sludge metal while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a decent amount of programmed blast beats, when acoustic guitars are utilized they give the music more of a 70's influence.
The songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while one track also introduces a brief use of spoken word samples onto the recording along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and a couple of the tracks also brings in experimental elements and guitar leads can also be heard briefly and some of the songs are very long and epic in length.
On this recording Listeriosis expands on his raw and lo-fi style of black metal by adding in more depressive and sludge elements as well as getting more experimental with the music, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover human nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Listeriosis and if you are a fan of raw, lo-fi, depressive black and sludge metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Shadows" "And She Danced into Your Skin" and "An Endless Collapse". 8 out of 10.