Die Kunst der Finsternis are a solo project from Sweden that plays a vampiric horror form of black metal and this is a review of his 2019 album "Revenant in a Phantom World (Queen of Owls Addendum)" which will be released on Halloween as a joint effort between Lamech Records and Amor Fati Productions.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album along with some grim spoken word parts a few seconds later which also evolve into black metal screams. When the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
A touch of the first wave style can also be heard in some of the vocals while a great portion of the tracks are long and epic in length. At times the music captures the atmosphere of a horror movie as well as the solos and leads being done in a very dark and melodic style.
Synths can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them as well as some death metal growls also being used briefly and as the album progresses a brief use of melodic chants can also be heard, one track also adds in some 80's metal elements. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover vampirism and gothic horror themes.
In my opinion Die Kunst der Finsternis are a very great sounding vampiric horror black metal solos project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Carnival Of The Undead" "Raised From Decay" "Exhumation" and "Vampirismus". 8 out of 10.