While They Sleep are a solo project from Ukraine that plays a very raw and old school form of black metal and this is a review of his 2016 album "La Nausee" which was released by Symbol Of Domination Productions.
Water sounds start off the album before going into a heavier musical direction which also introduces both melodic guitar leads and riffs onto the recording as well as some grim black metal screams and when the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the music is perfectly balanced between 90's second wave influences and 2004 era U.S black metal influences and as the album progresses atmospheric sounds along with clean playing can be heard briefly in certain sections of the recording and the album closes with an instrumental track..
While They Sleep plays a style of black metal that is very raw in the old school tradition while also mixing in some of the modern atmospheric and depressive elements to create a very dark sounding recording, the production sounds very dark, raw and heavy while the lyrics cover dark, depressive and metaphysical themes.
In my opinion While They Sleep are a very great sounding raw and atmospheric black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "In Harbor Extinguished Last Lantern" "Of Village" "Hermaphodite Of Being" and "Melencolia". 8 out of 10.
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