Thestral are a 1 man band from Pennsylvania that plays a very atmospheric, raw and primitive form of pagan/black metal and this is a review of their self released 1998 demo "Erwin O Wint Ac Eira" which was remixed in 2012.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast playing with some blast beats being utilized at times, while the synths when they are utilized bring a very dark, epic and atmospheric sound to the recording along with some ambient elements, as for the bass playing it has a very strong and powerful sound with heavy riffing that dominates throughout the recording.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast pagan/black metal riffs that are very dark, raw and primitive sounding with some melody being thrown into the riffing and there are no guitar solos or leads present on this recording, as for the acoustic guitars when t hey are utilized use finger picking and full chords to add some medieval elements to the recording.
Vocals are all grim sounding black metal screams, while the lyrics cover Celtic and Welsh Paganism, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it while you can still hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording with some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Thestral a re a very great sounding atmospheric, raw and primitive black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this demo. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Barbariad Cyflafan" and "Disgyn Yn Uffernal Pydru". RECOMMENDED BUY.