This is a review of a compilation album from Galaktik Cancer Squad which showcases their instrumental approach to atmospheric, progressive black metal over the years with the recording being released by Hypnotic Dirge in 2012 and called "The Gathering".
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being thrown into t he music at times, while the synths bring a very dark, atmospheric, psychedelic and progressive sound to the recording along with a brief use of programming and samplers which bring elements of electronic music to the recording, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that are 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 riffs that combine some raw and primitive elements of black metal with melodic traditional metal to create a sound of their own along with some progressive elements in the riffing as well as some soft and clean playing, while the lead guitars are very melodic and progressive sounding metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking and full chords to enhance the progressive elements of the recording.
Vocals and song writing are mostly absent from the recording with the music being mostly instrumental except for some parts and they are grim sounding black metal screams along with a brief use of clean singing, while the song themes cover space and time, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, dark and heavy sound with some of the songs being long and epic in length and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album.
In my opinion t his is another great sounding album from Galaktik Cancer Squad and if you are a fan of atmospheric, progressive black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Surreal all-Rounder" "Oceans Of Piss And Blood' "Junkie Assault" and "Separation". RECOMMENDED BUY.