Russia's solo project Astarium have returned with a new recording which shows the music going for more of a Lovecraft themed symphonic black metal style and this is a review of his self released 2018 single "Mesmerizing Tentacles".
A very powerful bass guitar sound starts off the single before going into more of a raw, avant garde and symphonic direction which also introduces grim black metal screams and guttural yet demonic vocals into the recording. The song is also divided into 4 different chapters along with some elements of noise.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they done in a very melodic style while the song also brings in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast part. Tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard during the faster sections of the music as well as some melody being added into the guitar riffing. The production while the lyrics are based upon the writings of H.P Lovecraft.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Astarium and if you are a fan of symphonic and experimental black metal, you should check out this single. 8 out of 10.