Norway's Sarke have returned with a new recording which shows the music going into more of a icy and haunting style of black metal while also adding in some thrash and atmospheric elements and this is a review of their 2019 album "Gastwerso" which will be released in November by Indie Recordings.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody. When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats and thrash influences can be heard along with the vocals bringing in more of a first wave black metal style and synths are also utilized at times.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. The music also adds in second wave and modern black metal elements while all of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them.
A couple of tracks also introduces spoken word parts and acoustic guitars into the music as well as a brief use of female vocals on a few songs. The music also adds in a decent amount of Celtic Frost influence and as the album progresses a brief use of psychedelic and black'n'roll touches can be heard, slide guitars are also added onto the closing track wh is also long and epic in length. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover evil, darkness and occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Sarke and if you are a fan of atmospheric black and thrash metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Echoes From The Ancient Crucifix" "Ties Of Blood" and "Cribs Hand". 8 out of 10.