Petrychor are a 1 man band from California that plays a mixture of black metal, ambient, folk and post rock and this is a review of their self released 2011 album "Effigies And Epitaphs".
"I Lift My Voice" starts off with some dark ambient synths before going into a more atmospheric direction with etherial sounding female vocals as well as serving as a perfect introduction to the album.
"In Remembrance" starts off with some soft classical guitars which utilize both finger picking and full chords before the drum blast beats, fast and primitive black metal guitar riffs kick in while also utilizing some melody which sets up the mood for the grim sounding screams and after a few minutes the song goes into a more melodic post rock direction along with some melodic guitar leads before going back to the fast parts while also retaining the guitar solos before slowing down and returning to the classical guitars and combining them with flamenco guitars which leads to the return of the black metal parts for a few minutes and the song closes with the acoustic guitar riffs.
"Of Grandest Majesties" starts off with some soft flamenco/classical guitars which utilize both finger picking and full chords for a couple of minutes, before the drums, slow, melodic black metal guitar riffs and grim screams kick in along with some atmospheric elements and after a few minutes a brief melodic guitar solo makes its way into the song, as the song moves on the acoustic guitar parts make their return before going back to the black metal elements for a few minutes and the song closes with the acoustic guitars and sounds of nature.
"Subjugated And Abused" starts off with some soft acoustic guitar playing which utilizes finger picking along with the flamenco guitars making their way into the song and as the song moves in the drums, grim sounding screams, heavy and melodic post black metal riffing make their way into the song while mixing in some guitar leads and synths and after a few minutes the song goes into a dark ambient direction with the soundscapes which also close the song.
"Seared, Sundered" starts off with powerful blast beats, fast, primitive black metal guitar riffs, high pitched screams and small amounts of dark sounding melodies and as the song moves on guitar solos start combining with the rhythm's.
"Beneath Highway And Street" starts off with soft acoustic guitars which also utilize full chords along with some flamenco guitars in the background before the blast beats, fast, and primitive black metal riffs kick in along with some dark sounding melodies and grim screams and as the song moves on it starts mixing in synths and slower but still heavy parts which enhance the atmospheric elements as well as mixing in guitar leads before returning to the faster elements for a couple of minutes before returning to the acoustic guitar sections which also add in more synth parts before going back to the black metal sections of the song which after awhile start mixing in more guitar leads and noise elements before going into a more dark ambient direction along with melodic chants in the background.
Lyrics on the album cover darkness, nature and violent themes, while the production has a very dark, raw and primitive sound with the bass playing being mixed down very low in the mix as well as the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Petrychor are a very great sounding hybrid of black metal, ambient, post rock and folk music and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "In Remembrance" "Seared, Sundered" and "Beneath Highway And Street". RECOMMENDED BUY.