Black Earth are a band from Spain that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a mixture of raw black metal, ritual, drone, dark ambient and harsh noise and this is a review of their 2015 album "A Cryptic Howl Of Morbid Truth" which will be re-issued on vinyl in November of 2018 by Sentient Ruin Laboratories.
Dark soundscapes start off the album before adding in some raw and melodic riffs that also use a great amount of tremolo picking along with some power sounding bass guitars in the background as well as the vocals being mostly grim black metal screams and at times the music gets very experimental.
Spoken word parts can also be heard in certain sections of the recording while some songs also add in drones and harsh noises which also gives the music more of a ritualistic feeling along with elements of dark ambient also being added into certain sections of the recording and as the album progresses fast riffs with tremolo picking and blast beats are brought into the music briefly and the closing track is very long and epic in length.
On this recording Black Earth took black metal, drone, dark ambient, ritual and drone and mixes them together to create something very original, the production sounds very dark, raw and lo-fi while the lyrics cover occultism, darkness and death along with some inspirations from t he writings of Julius Evola.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding recording from Black Earth and if you are a fan of black metal, ritual, drone, dark ambient and harsh noise, you should check out this vinyl re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Cryptic Howl Of Morbid Truth"The Severed Head Of The Crow" and "Ride The Tiger Along Kali Yuga". 8 out of 10.