Alastor are a band from Austria that has been around for 20 years and plays a very raw form of black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Waldmark" which was released by Winterblast Halls.
A very fast and raw black metal sound starts off the album along with a great amount of blast beats as well as a great amount of grim screams and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's second wave style of the genre.
You can hear a great amount of tremolo picking in the guitar riffing along with some melodies also being utilized at times as well as classical and acoustic guitars which also use a great amount of finger picking and full chords, spoken word parts are added into certain sections of the recording while the guitar leads are done in more of a melodic style and a couple of the tracks are long and epic in length and as the album progresses clean singing can also be heard briefly and you can also here all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording.
Alastor plays a style of black metal that is very raw, traditional and old school without sounding out of date and also adding in a good sense of melody, the production sounds very raw yet powerful while the lyrics cover darkness and nature themes.
In my opinion Alastor are a very great sounding traditional black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Old Glacial Lakes" "The Battle Of Infernal Hymns" and "Fellwood". 8 out of 10.