Mortuary Drape are a band from Italy that has been around fro more than 30 years and plays an occult form of black metal and this is a review of their 2018 compilation "Necromantic Doom Returns" which will be released on June 30th by Iron Tyrant and consists of their 87 and 89 demos and a live performance from 90.
A very dark sounding intro with ritualistic synths start off the compilation before going into a heavier direction while the faster sections of the songs also use a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw feeling along with the vocals being mostly angry black metal screams.
All of the musical instruments on the compilation have a very powerful sound to them while the solos and leads are done in an 80's first wave black metal style along with some of the tracks being very long and epic in length as well as some clean playing also being used at times and the ritualistic elements that where also presented on the demo also return on some of the later tracks and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
The second demo also shows acoustic guitars and ritualistic spoken word parts being introduced into the music while the black metal screams also start evoking a more grim atmosphere along with the first wave style still influencing the vocal approach and the riffs also start adding in a small amount of dark sounding melodies and the live tracks also display a great amount of raw aggression.
Mortuary Drape played a style of occult black metal that was very much ahead of its time while also being heavily influenced by the first wave style and they would go on to influence later bands, the production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover Black Magick, Occultism and Necromancy themes.
In my opinion Mortuary Drape are a very great sounding occult black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Into The Catacomba" "Obsessed By Necromancy" "Pentagram" and "Inquisition". 8/5 out of 10.