Singapore's Istidraj have returned with a new recording which is a collection of their material from the last 2 and a half decades and this is a review of their 2017 compilation album "24 Years Of Blasphemic Supremacy" which was released by Anti Trend Records.
A very heavy and old school sound starts off the compilation along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams as well as some thrash elements and dark sounding melodies also bring utilized at times.
When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs a more raw feeling while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as some tracks also bringing in a small amount of clean playing.
At times the vocals get very grim while the guitar solos and leads when they are utilized are done in a very dark yet melodic fashion along with some tracks also bringing in elements of war metal as well as a brief use of bestial growls and as the compilation progresses melodic chants can also be heard briefly and a couple of tracks also bring in a small amount of atmospheric sounding synths and they also bring in a cover of Von's "Satanic Blood".
On this compilation Istridraj brings in more than 20 years of a very raw black metal style, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Satanism, Luciferian and Blasphemous themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding collection from Istidraj and if you are a fan of raw and blasphemous black metal, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Triumphant Ends" "Istidraj" "Blackened Prophecy of Doom" and "Luciferian Vengeance". 8 out of 10.