U.S.A's Black Funeral have returned with a new recording which shows them taking another step in their occult black metal style and this is a review of their 2018 ep "The Dust And The Darkness" which will be released in September by Iron Bonehead Productions.
Ritualistic soundscapes and melodic occult chanting starts off the ep along with some tribal style beats a few seconds later which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music at times while the vocals are mostly grim black metal screams and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
When tremolo picking is utilized it gives the music more of a raw feeling while dark sounding melodies are also utilized at times along with the songs also capturing the atmosphere of their 90's material in some parts of the music as well as giving it a more up to date touch and when guitar leads are utilized they are done in a more melodic style and they close the ep with a dark ambient track which also utilizes ritualistic spoken word parts.
On this recording Black Funeral goes back to more of a rawer style of black metal while moving away from the industrial and ambient influences of previous releases while also mixing in more tribal and shamanistic style drums, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover the vampyric sonic ritual of the Hittite, Hurrian, Canaanite and ancient Syrian underworld offerings and necromancy.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Black Funeral and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dankuis Daganzipas (Dark Earth)" and "Chemosh Of The Dust And Darkness". 8/5 out of 10.