Wildernessking are a band from South Africa that has been featured before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of a compilation album released on vinyl by Les Acteurs de I' Ombre Productions and consists of the 2012 and 2014 ep's "Andthe Night Swept us Away" and "The Devil Within" along with 2 bonus tracks.
Ambient soundscapes starts off the compilation with some acoustic guitars a few seconds later and after awhile melodic guitar leads and heavy riffs make their presence known on the compilation and spoken word parts can also be heard at times and on the second track the music speeds up and adds in blast beats.
A great amount of tremolo picking can be heard in the faster sections of the songs which also gives the music more of a raw black metal feeling while the vocals are very grim yet high pitched screams and you can also hear some melody in the guitar riffing and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they bring in a very melodic yet atmospheric style and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the acoustic guitars also gives the songs more of a progressive feeling and on the second ep the songs are recorded live and you can also hear a great amount of post rocks elements in the bands musical style and on the bonus tracks elements of ambient make a return and a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Wildernessking played a style of post black metal on both of these ep's that was still very atmospheric but bringing in more of a raw edge than what they would of had on later recordings, the production sounds very dark and powerful while the lyrics cover dreams, mystique, death, nature, romance, evil in men, and night themes.
In my opinion these are 2 very great sounding ep's from Wildernessking and if you are a fan of atmospheric black metal, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "And The Night Swept Us Away" "Lurker" and "Decay". 8 out of 10.