Clad In Darkness are a band with members from both Illinois and Minnesota that play a musical style I would describe as being progressive black metal and this is a review of their self released 2006 ep "Amidst Her Shadows".
"Foreword" begins with some fast and primitive black metal guitar riffs, blast beats, powerful bass and high pitched screams along with some synths making their way into the mix after awhile and then the music slows down and starts adding in melodic elements in the guitar riffing before going into some soft acoustic guitars which utilize both finger picking and full chords and then it heads back to its primitive roots before switching back and forth between soft and heavy parts as well as mixing in some spoken word parts and guitar leads in certain parts, in addition there is a brief use of death metal growls.
"Revelries And Silence" begins with some soft acoustic guitar playing which utilizes both finger picking and full chords along with some background synths and drums which leads to some heavy rhythm guitar riffs and melodic leads and the song also starts mixing in psychedelic and progressive elements and a few minutes later the music gets heavy in and brings in some black metal screams along with some primitive guitar riffs and blast beats and then it starts getting more slow and melodic with some spoken word parts getting added in and after awhile it goes back to its softer roots and mixes in some powerful bass guitars.
"Amamnesis" begins with some primitive and melodic black metal guitar riffs, blast beats and high pitched screams before slowing down for awhile but remaining heavy and melodic all at the time and then the song starts adding in bass and acoustic guitars which bring in some progressive elements and then the song goes back to its melodic and primitive black metal roots.
"Amidst Her Shadows" begins with some soft acoustic guitar playing which utilizes finger picking and full chords along with some drums kicking in which in return leads to some heavy guitar riffs and spoken word parts and after that the music gets a lot more fast and primitive with some black metal screams and blast beats while also keeping around some melody and as the song moves on it goes into a more mid paced direction with the bass guitars getting heavier and the vocals combining aggressive and spoken words together, then the song returns to is softer roots and adds in a distorted but melodic guitar solo briefly and then the black metal vocals start mixing in with the progressive parts and helps it return to a more heavy sound.
Song lyrics cover sorrow and darkness themes, while the production has a very dark, heavy, raw and primitive sound while you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording with most of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Clad In Darkness are a very great sounding progressive black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Foreword" and "Amamnesis". RECOMMENDED BUY.