When Bitter Spring Sleeps are a solo project from Iowa that plays an raw, melodic and atmospheric form of pagan black metal and this is a review of t heir 2015 "Spirit In Flames" which will be released on September 15th by Pagan Flames Productions.
Nature sounds start off the ep and after a few seconds the music starts going for a very raw and atmospheric black metal style along with some riffs and leads that are also very melodic and the clean singing vocals also gives the music more of a pagan atmosphere and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and you can also hear clean playing being used in some parts of the songs and when the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats are utilized and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the solos also bring in the melodies of traditional metal at times and as the recording progresses elements of ambient and synths are brought into some of the tracks along with a small amount of chants and tribal style drumming that also gives the music a shamanistic feeling.
When Bitter Spring Sleeps plays a style of black metal that is very raw and melodic while also avoiding any screams and growls to use more of a clean singing pagan style which also gives his music more of and original sound, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Nature, Paganism and Ritualistic themes.
In my opinion When Bitter Spring Sleeps are a very great sounding pagan/black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Witch Of November" and "Spirit In Flames". 8 out of 10.
"Raven In The Ribcage" (Promo Video): www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXS_W1g5j58