Astral Path are a duo from Canada that plays an atmospheric form of ambient black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "An Oath To the Void" which will be released in digital format on April 15th and in digipack format in May by Avantgarde Music.
Dark soundscapes start off the album along with some ambient style synths a few seconds later which also gives the recording more of an atmospheric feeling and after a few minutes clean guitars make there presence known on the album along with some melodic post rock style leads which also leads the music going into more of a fast nd raw black metal direction.
Blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard quite a bit during the faster sections of the songs and the music also bring s in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the vocals they use are all high pitched black metal screams and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the vocals also bring growls in briefly during the recording and nature sounds can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with clean guitars along with the ambient elements also make a return at times and one track also adds melodic chanting to the recording.
Astral Path plays a style of black metal that is very atmospheric and melodic in the Cascadian vein while also having its raw moments and mixing in elements of ambient to create something that really stands out, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover nature and the universe while also being influenced by Carl Sagan.
In my opinion Astral Path are a very great sounding atmospheric ambient black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "An Oath To The Void" and "To Vega...Nebulous Anatomy". 8 out of 10.