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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Thestral/Rituals Of Old/Draigfflam Productions/2002 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Thestral  which  continues  their  atmospheric  raw  and  primitive  pagan/black  metal  sound  with the  ep  being  released  in  2002  Draigfflam  Productions  and  called  "Rituals  Of  Old".

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars,  as  for  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  pagan/black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  which  are  only  used  on  the  last  song  are  very  melodic  sounding  black  metal  guitar  leads,  as  for  the acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  use  finger  picking  to  enhance  the  dark  atmosphere  of  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  all  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Celtic  and  Welsh  Paganism  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark, r aw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  in  the  true  black  metal  tradition.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Thestral  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  pagan/black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unconquered  Clans"  and  "Of  Archaic  Origins".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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