Adventum Diaboli are a band from Greece that has been featured before in this zine with a musical style that mixes old school occult black metal with depressive black metal along with a touch of paganism and this is a review of their self released 2013 album "Rise Of the Pagans".
Dark sounding synths mark the beginning of the album and a minute later tribal sounding drums start coming into the music and a minute later melodic black metal guitar riffs and grim screams make their way into the music and mix in with the drums and synths, then the music goes for more of a depressive and old school black metal direction.
As the album progresses death metal growls are added into certain sections of the music and the album starts incorporating more atmospheric elements as well as some spoken word parts in certain sections of the recording and after awhile the music starts going for more of an early 90's black metal direction that sticks more to a mid paced direction while also having a very dark and raw sound to it and the drums at times while speed up to add more of a primal feeling to the recording.
Once we get more into the album acoustic guitars that utilize a great amount of finger picking as well as being used on a couple of songs are added into the recording and enhance the darkness this album possesses and then goes into some hateful black metal sounds as well as mixing in guitar leads and they album starts adding in a ritualistic quality and towards the end synths make a return to one song and bring back in the depressive and atmospheric elements as well as bringing in shamanistic elements to the last song.
Once of the main strengths this album has is that every song stands out and they all have a different sound while remaining true to old school black metal and this album displays this band has a great knowledge of old school black metal.
Song lyrics cover Paganism, Greek Mythology and Occultism as well as having one song being written in Greek, while the production has a very dark, raw and old school sound to it with the bass guitars being mixed down low in the mix as well as some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Adventum Diaboli and if you are a fan of depressive and old school black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Transylvanian Wind" Medieval Pagan Rites" and "Eis Arews Dokska". RECOMMENDED BUY.