France/Netherlands's DunkelNacht have returned with a new album which continues their aggressive mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Empires Of Mediocracy" which will be released in February by Non Serviam Records.
A very dark, heavy and technical sound starts off the album along with some death metal growls a few seconds later. Black metal screams can also be heard quite a bit throughout the recording while the music also adds in some progressive and dissonant structures at times and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can also be heard.
A decent amount of melody can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic and technical style. Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
Synths can also be heard briefly and they also give the music more of a sci-fi atmosphere on one song while also adding in a more tragic style on a alter track along with a brief use of spoken word parts. Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length as well as some of the faster riffing also adding in a decent amount of tremolo picking. As the album progresses a brief use of clean playing can also be heard and the music is a lot more technical than the previous albums that where reviewed in this zine. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album revolving around world supremacy.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from DunkelNacht and if you are a fan of black and death metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Relentless Compendium" "Amongst the Remnants of Liberty" and "Non Canimus Surdis". 8 out of 10.