Sweden's Mephorash have returned with a new recording which shows them taking their occult style of black metal into a different direction and this is a review of their 2019 album "Shem Ha Mephorash" which will be released in April by Shadow Records.
Rain and thunder sounds start off the album along with some choirs and ritualistic sounding synths before going into a heavier direction. Vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched sounding black metal screams while all of the tracks are very long and epic in length and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can also be heard.
Ritualistic sounds also mix in with the heavier sections of the music at times while the songs also add in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style.
When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the music more of a raw feeling as well as some songs also adding in more of an experimental and avant garde touch. As the album progresses a ritualistic chants and female vocals can also be heard on some of the tracks as well as the riffs also adding in a good amount of melody. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are an esoteric journey through the concepts and ideas behind the Shem Ha Mephorash system, the 72-fold explicit names of god.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Mephorash and if you are a fan of occult black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "King Of Kings, Lord Of Lords" "Sanguinem" and "Sham ha Mephorash". 8/5 out of 10.