Minneriket are a solo project from Norway that has been featured before in this zine and plays an ambient form of black metal and this is a review of his 2016 album "Stjerner, Speil Og Svarteboker" which will be released in October by Asklen Black Art Records.
A very dark and raw black metal sound along with some grim yet depressive screams start off the album along with some melodic guitar leads also being added in at times and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
During the faster sections of the songs a great amount of tremolo picking can be heard and after awhile elements of dark ambient are added onto the recording and the songs also b ring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fat parts and the synths when they are utilized also takes the songs in a darker direction and you can also hear some melody in the guitar riffing at times and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and when spoken word parts are utilized they give the music more of a ritualistic feeling and on the last track the vocals get very deep and demonic.
Minneriket creates another recording that remains true to the raw and atmospheric style of ambient black metal from their previous release, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Norwegian and English and cover Faustian, Paganism, Existensialism and Melancholy themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Minneriket and if you are a fan of ambient black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Vinterblot" and "How To Write Love in The Stars". 8 out of 10.