Angmaer are a 1 man band from the United Kingdom that plays a very raw and old school form of black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Towards Darkness Paradise" which will be released in May by UKEM Records.
Nature sounds start off the album along with some synths being utilized in the background and after the intro the music starts adding in more of a fast, heavy and raw, old school black metal sound along with a decent amount of blast beats and a few seconds later grim yet high pitched screams start becoming a huge part of the recording.
Most of the music is rooted in the 90's style of black metal and you can also hear a great amount of melody in the guitar riffing at times and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with the songs also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Some of the songs are very long and epic in length and also add in acoustic guitars in certain sections of the recording along with some spoken word parts also being added in at times and some of the tracks also bring in a trace of melodic death metal and thrash and some of the songs also have riffs that shave an early underground Norwegian feeling at times 92-95 era and one of the later songs also brings in a few seconds of clean singing which is actually over shadowed by the harsh screams and when solos and are utilized they are very dark and melodic and the album closes with an acoustic instrumental.
Angmaer plays an old school style of black metal that sounds like it could of easily been recorded and released more than 20 years ago and brings in a perfect balance between rawness and melody, the production sounds very raw, old school yet powerful sounding while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Norwegian and English and cover Satanism, Paganism and Anti Religion themes.
In my opinion Angmaer are a very great sounding raw and old school style black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Necromantic Summoning" and "The Rebirth Of Pagan lands". 8 out of 10.