Martyrium where a band from Germany that played a very raw and primitive form of occult black metal and this is a review of their 1994 album "L.V.X Occulta" which was released by Merciless Records.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being utilized at times, while the synths which are only used on intros bring a very dark, ritualistic and occult sound to the music, 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.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs that are very dark, raw and primitive sounding in the early 90's tradition with no melodies as well as somewhat of an early death metal feeling in addition there is a brief use of soft and clean playing being utilized on one song and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recording, as for the classical guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking and full chords to enhance the darkness that is coming out of the music.
Vocals are mostly grim sounding and high pitched black metal screams with some spoken word ritualistic passages, clean singing female vocals and whispers, while the lyrics cover Crowley, Luciferian, Satanism, Sumerian and Egyptian themes, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it.
In my opinion Martyrium where a very great sounding raw and primitive occult black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Atum's Speech" "Enuma Elish" "Lucifer Rising" and "Into Midnight Silence". RECOMMENDED BUY.