Ancient Hostility are an international duo with members from Ukraine and the United States that plays a very raw, melodic, atmospheric and technical form of black metal and this is a review of their self titled 2019 album which will be released in June by Akashic Envoy Records.
A very dark, heavy, melodic and atmospheric sound starts off the album along with some high pitched black metal screams being introduced onto the recording a few seconds later. All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
Synths are also used in some parts of the music along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When guitar leads are utilized they are done in a very dark and melodic style while clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording.
Most of the music brings in more of a modern style of black metal while the riffs also get very technical sounding at times. A couple of the tracks are instrumentals and as the album progresses touches of ambient are added onto the recording as well as the closing song being very long and epic in length. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover philosophical and misanthropic themes.
In my opinion Ancient Hostility are a very great sounding raw, melodic, atmospheric and technical black metal duo and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Disavowed" "Drawn And Quartered" and "Through The Visceral". 8 out of 10.