Valle Crucis are a band from South Carolina that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a very raw, destructive and violent form of black metal and this is a review of their 2018 album "Iron & Blood" which was released as a joint effort between Pagan Pride Records and Narcoleptica Productions.
Dark soundscapes start off the album before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats along with the vocals being mostly grim black metal screams as well as the music also being very heavily influenced by the 90's era.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in more of a melodic style while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody along with the songs also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as one track also being very long and epic in length and also adding in a brief use of ritualistic sounds before returning back to a heavier direction and synths are added onto the closing track.
On this recording Valle Crucis goes for more of a raw, old school and melodic style of black metal, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover anti religion, hate and historical themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Valle Crucis and if you are a fan of raw, melodic and old school black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "March Of The night" "Soul Fucker" and "Iron & Blood". 8 out of 10.