Astrofaes are a band from Ukraine that plays a very atmospheric and pagan form of black metal and this is a review of their 1998 album "Dying Emotions Domain" which was re-issued by Negative Existence Records in 2011.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown in, while the keyboards have a very dark and atmospheric sound to them, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound to them, in addition there is a brief use of a flute being utilized on a song that brings a very dark pagan feeling to the music.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast pagan/black metal riffs that are very raw and epic sounding with some occasional thrash style riffing being used at times, while the lead guitars are very primitive, epic and melodic sounding black metal guitar solos or leads.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some clean singing pagan vocals being used on one song as well as some spoken word passages being used in the same song, while the lyrics cover Slavic Paganism, Darkness, Nature and Nationalism, as for the production it has a very heavy dark, and somewhat raw sound to it.
In my opinion Astrofaes are a very great sounding atmospheric pagan/black metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fiery Mysticism" "Path To Burning Space" and "Dying Emotions Domain". RECOMMENDED BUY.