Varathron are a band from Greece that has been interviewed before by this zine and plays an occult form of black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Untrodden Corridors Of Hades" which will be released in December by Agonia Records.
A very dark and ritualistic sound starts off the album along with some melodic chants and a few seconds later grim whispers are shamanistic beats are added into the music which leads up to a more heavy and melodic musical direction along with some grim black metal screams and growls as well a s some guitar solos and leads that use a great amount of melody, talent and skill.
All of the musical instrument s on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and the music is very atmospheric in more of an early 90's way and the music also mixes in the ritualistic sounds with the black metal elements and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length, on some of these tracks you can hear the band is adding in more of a modern sound while still bringing in the old school Greek black metal feeling.
As the album progresses there are some more fast and raw parts that utilized a great amount of blast beats being added into the music at times and when the band uses synths the music gets more epic and atmospheric and on some of the tracks clean playing and acoustic guitars are added into certain sections of the recording along with some very powerful sounding bass guitar leads, when we get further into the album the band starts bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Varathron expand on the occult black metal sound that was present on earlier recordings while also showing a great amount of progress and moving wit h the times instead of writing the same album over again and the music on this album is very heavy, ritualistic and progressive, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Kabbalism, The Lesser And Greater Kings Of Solomon, Occultism, and Left Hand Path themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Varathron and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Kabalistic Invocation Of Solomon" "Arcane Conjuring" and "Delve Into The Past". 8 out of 10.