Crown of Asteria are a 1 woman band from Michigan that has been featured before in this zine with the musical style on this recording being an instrumental and atmospheric form of black metal with elements of folk music and this is a review of her self released 2014 ep "Cycles".
Dark atmospheric ambient synths start off the ep and a few seconds later you can hear nature sounds in the background which also leads up to folk music style acoustic guitars and after a few minutes the music starts to get more heavier with some electric guitars which then speed up and takes the music into a more raw and atmospheric black metal direction while keeping around the synths as well as adding in some melodies and leads and a few minutes later it starts going into a slower direction which also adds a depressive feeling to the recording before going back to the acoustic style beginnings of the track while keeping around the distorted guitar leads which also brings the track back to a black metal direction a few minutes later and towards the end of the song the music starts going for a more shamanistic and ritualistic ambient sound.
The following track starts off with atmospheric drones and acoustic guitars which take the song into a folk music direction and this this track is all acoustic and a lot shorter than the previous song.
With this ep Crown Of Asteria continues her atmospheric black metal sound while also keeping around the folk music elements of previous recordings and stays away from the vocals this time around to create a very heavy atmosphere along with a powerful sounding production with one of the tracks being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Crown of Asteria and if you are a fan of instrumental, atmospheric black metal with elements of folk music, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Cassiopeia -Queen Above the Skyline". 8 out of 10.