Striborg are a solo project from Australia that has been featured before in this zine and plays an ambient form of black metal and this is a review of his 2004 album "Spiritual Catharsis" which was re-issued in 2018 as a joint effort between Satanath Records and Death Portal Studio.
Dark yet melodic riffing starts off the album while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams along with the music also adding in elements of ambient and 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.
A great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the drum beats being programmed and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them as well as some of the tracks being ambient instrumentals and another instrumental is more in the black metal style and as the album progresses clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording.
On this recording Striborg took a very raw and atmospheric style of black metal and mixed it with dark ambient to create a sound of his own, the production sounds very dark, raw and lo-fi while the lyrics cover night, misanthropy. forests, death and depression themes.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding recording from Striborg and if you are a fan of ambient black metal you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Within The Depths Of Darkness And Sorrow" "Spiritual Catharsis" "Misanthropic Necroforest" and "Black Metal is The Forest Calling". 8/5 out of 10.