Humut Tabal are a band from Texas that plays a very experimental and occult form of black metal and this is a review of their self released album "The Dark Emperor Ov The Shadow Realm" which will be released in June of 2014.
A very dark and melodic black metal sound starts off the album before going into a more fast and raw direction along with blast beats while also adding in guitar leads and keeping the melody around which leads up to the grim screams making their presence known on the recording and the band utilizes a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
All of the musical instruments that are present on the album have a very powerful sound to them and the band also adds in thrash metal elements into certain sections of the recording along with some death metal growls and they display a great amount of talent and skill on their musical instruments and mix in some technical and progressive playing into black metal without losing any of the heaviness or rawness this genre creates.
On the later songs death metal elements start becoming a huge part of their musical sound and there are also synths being utilized briefly in some of the songs and they bring a more atmospheric and avant garde feeling to the tracks that they are presented on as well as addign a psychedelic feeling to one of the later tunes and as the album progresses clean playing finds its way onto on of the songs and enhances the experimental feeling this band creates with its musical style as well as adding in small amounts of spoken word parts while the main focus vocal wise is on the more black metal side of things.
Humut Tabal create a very original occult black metal sound with this album keeping the rawness, heaviness and melody of the genre while also experimenting quite a bit with their sound as well as showing some talented and skilled playing that is very rare in this genre, the productions sounds very professional for being a self released recording along with a few tracks that are very long and epic in length while the lyrics cover a concept revolving around a misanthrope in a past-apocalyptic wasteland who experiments with established occult practices before looking solely inward and transcending the physical and spiritual bonds of the world and human perception.
In my opinion Humut Tabal are a very great sounding experimental and occult black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Across The Boundless Land Ov Death" "Alone, In Purest Silence" and "In The Shade Ov Lord Satan's Wings". 8 out of 10.