Black Mold are a band from Portugal that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a punk influenced form of raw black metal and this is a review of their 2019 demo "Tales Of Degradation" which will be released on May 25th by Hellprod Records.
Tortured chants start off the demo before going into a heavier direction which also shows some punk and first wave influences. Vocals are mostly angry sounding black metal screams while the faster sections of the songs also add in a decent amount of blast beats and the music also add in a decent mixture of both 80's and 90's influences.
When tremolo picking is utilized it gives the music more of a raw feeling while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them and the music always sticks to a heavier direction.
On this recording Black Mold takes their raw style of black metal into more of an old school and punk influenced direction. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover darkness and occult themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Black Mold and if you are a fan of raw and punk influenced black metal, you should check out this demo. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Astral Dome" and "Bringer Of Light". 8 out of 10.
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