Darchon is a solo project from Greece that plays a musical style he describes as being dark cosmic black metal and this is a review of his 2019 album "Oionos" which was released by Mercenary Musik.
Nature sounds 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. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams that are also over powered by the guitars at times and the music also mixes in a great amount of atmospheric elements.
Synths are also added into some parts of the music while all of the tracks are very long and epic in length. Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the music also having a decent amount of 90's influences but also sounding modern at the same time.
A small amount of melody can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing while spoken word parts are added into some parts of the music briefly. The synths also bring in elements of ambient and when guitar leads are utilized they are done in a very and melodic style and the album closes with an instrumental. The production sounds very dark, raw and lo-fi while the lyrics cover the sacred rites of Orpheus and Greek Mythology.
In my opinion Darchon are a very great sounding atmospheric black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nyx Melena" and "Astron Uranion Ieron Selas". 8 out of 10.