Drastus are a duo from France that plays an occult form of black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "La Croix de Sang" which will be released in March by Norma Evangelium Diaboli.
A very dark, heavy and melodic sound starts off the album while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams along with all of the musical instruments sounding very powerful.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. A lot of the music also brings in more of a modern yet aggressive style of black metal while a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with the riffs also adding in some dissonant structures at times.
Melodic yet ritualistic chanting can also be heard on one of the tracks along with a brief use of clean vocals being added onto a couple of the songs and as the album progresses an acoustic instrumental is added onto the recording before returning back to a heavier direction. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Occultism, Chaos, Evil, Cosmos and Death themes.
In my opinion Drastus are a very great sounding occult black metal duo and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ashura" "Hermetic Silence" and "Constrictor Torrents". 8 out of 10.