D Aphelium are a solo project from Sweden that plays a very melodic and old school form of black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Profetian om Dygden och Plikten" which was released by Black market Metal Label.
Epic sounding keyboards start off the album before going into more of a heavier and melodic musical direction. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black emtal screams while the faster sections of the music bring in a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Most of the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's Swedish era as well as one track also introducing spoken word parts onto the recording, keyboards also return on some of the later tracks and a couple of songs are also long and epic in length.
D Aphelium plays a style of black metal that is very old school, atmospheric and melodic sounding in the 90's tradition. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Swedish and cover death and nature themes.
In my opinion D Aphelium are a very great sounding melodic, atmospheric and old school black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Skogens ra" and "Livserk genom generationer". 8 out of 10.