Miasma are a band from Greece that plays a Hellenic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Abyssal" which was released by Shub-Niggurath Productions.
Spoken word samples start off the album before going into a heavier musical direction which also introduces dark sounding melodies onto the recording. Vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched sounding black metal screams and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the songs more of a raw feeling and when bells and Gregorian chants are used briefly they also give the music more of a ritualistic atmosphere. Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them as well as the music being mostly rooted in a Hellenic style of black metal and as the album progresses the band also brings in a cover of Sarcofago's "The Black Vomit" and at times the bass guitar also adds leads onto the recording, both of the closing tracks also adds in a brief use of acoustic guitars. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover darkness and blasphemy themes.
In my opinion Miasma are a very great sounding Hellenic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Final Descent" "Pure Orthodox Love" and "Force Fed The Light Of Christ". 8 out of 10.