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.