California's solo project At Dusk have returned with a new recording which continues the depressive black metal style of previous releases and this is a review of their 2019 album "Condemned" which will be released on March 29th by Pacific Threnodies.
Field recordings start off the album along with a brief use of whispers and spoken word parts as well as some percussion before going into a heavier musical direction. All of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the vocals are mostly depressive black metal screams and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling while all of the tracks are very long and epic in length. At times the music gets very atmospheric sounding along with the riffs also adding in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies.
Elements of doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the songs along with some tragic sounding keyboards also being added into certain sections of the recording and they are also very heavily influenced by classical music. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album based upon existentialism, death, despair, excommunication and the lingering affects it has on a person as well as showing some inspiration from Korihor, the Antichrist from the Book Of Mormon and his tragic story.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from At Dusk which shows him taking his depressive black metal style to another level and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Condemned" and "Martyred". 8/5 out of 10.