Mutiilation are a solo project from France that has had an album reviewed before in this zine and plays a very raw form of black metal and this is a review of his compilation album "The Lost Tapes" which will be released in December by Osmose Productions and consists of unreleased recordings from 2009 to 2010.
Grim black metal screams start off the compilation before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and programmed blast beats while some of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with the riffs also adding in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the music also having a lot of 90's influences but modern enough fro 2009 as well as the guitar leads being done in a very melodic style when they are utilized and at times the vocals also add in a semi melodic tone and on some of the tracks also add in more of a demonic style.
On this compilation Mutiilation re-recorded some of his older tracks and also remained true to the grim and raw black metal style he is known for, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover vampirism, satanism, depression, filth, melancholy and sadness themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding collection from Mutiilation and if you are a fan of French black metal, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Transylvania" and "Through The Funeral Maelstrom Of". 8 out of 10.