Old Corpse Road are a band from the United Kingdom that has been featured before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of black metal with elements of folk music and this is a review of their 2016 album "Of Campfires And Evening Mists" which was released by Cacophonous.
Campfire sounds and acoustic guitars start off the album which also gives the recording more of a folk music feeling along with some drum beats a few seconds alter which also takes the music into a heavier musical direction while also using a great amount of melody and mixing in atmospheric keyboards in with the heavier sections of the songs.
Spoken word parts can be heard in certain sections of the recording while the vocals usually bring in a great mixture of grim death metal growls and high pitched black metal screams while the faster sections of the songs use a great amount of blast beats and they also mix both the folk and metal elements together When guitar solos and leads are utilized they stick to a very melodic style..
The fast riffs also use a great amount of tremolo picking which also gives the music more of a raw black metal feeling and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the keyboards bring in the atmosphere of a gothic horror movie and some tracks also bring in a small amount of nature sounds and melodic vocals which also gives the songs more of a ritualistic feeling along with a touch of Celtic music on a later track and they also bring in a keyboard instrumental before returning back to a heavier direction on the remaining tracks.
Old Corpse Road creates a recording that is mostly rooted in the tradition British style of black metal bringing in the perfect balance between atmosphere, melody and heaviness while also mixing in some death metal and folk music elements to create a recording that really stands out, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Celtic paganism, Druids, Wicca and British Folklore themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Old Corpse Road and if you are a fan of keyboard driven pagan/black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Whispers Of Long Meg Through The Forest" "Pendle - Daughters Of the Black Moon" and "Peg Powler". 8 out of 10.