Ysbryd are a solo project from Germany that plays a very traditional form of black metal and this is a review of his 2019 album "Kraft" which will be released on February 11th by Purity Through Fire.
Acoustic guitars start off the album while the guitar leads are done in a very melodic style before going into a heavier direction. Vocals are mostly grim black metal screams and when the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. A great amount of melody can also be heard in the guitar riffing as well as a couple of the tracks being very long and epic in length. Clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording.
A decent amount of 90's influences can also be heard in the music while also being very modern at the same time. As the album progresses the music gets more diverse as well as adding in a small amount of dissonant structures at times and the album closes with an acoustic instrumental. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in German and cover Anti Religion, Hatred For The Modern World and nature themes.
In my opinion Ysbryd are a very great sounding traditional black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Diafol" "Geist uber Fleisch" and "Glanz und Gloria". 8 out of 10.