Alasthor are a duo from Belgium that has been featured before in this zine and plays an occult form of black metal with some elements of death, thrash metal and crust and this is a review of their self released 2020 ep "Mahapralaya".
A very fast and raw sound starts off the ep along with a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while melodies can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing and the music also adds in some crust elements and the guitar leads also add in a decent amount of melody.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them. Influences of death and thrash metal can also be heard in some parts of the recording as well as some growls and spoken word parts also being used briefly and all of the music also sticks to a heavier direction.
On this recording Alasthor remains true to the occult black metal style that was established on their previous release along with keeping the death, thrash metal and crust elements. The production sounds very powerful for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover Occultism, and Left hand Path themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Alasthor and if you are a fan of occult black emtal with some elements of death, thrash metal and crust, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Possessed by The Goddess" and "Nahash". 8 out of 10.