Greece's solo project Celtefog has returned with a new album which shows the music going into more of an atmospheric and ambient style of pagan black metal and this is a review of his 2019 album "Outlands" which was released by Der Schwarze Tod.
Dark soundscapes and melodic riffing starts off the album while all of the tracks are very long and epic in length. All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with the vocals also being mostly high pitched black metal screams and the solos and leads also bring in a great amount of melody.
At times the music also gets very atmospheric sounding along with the faster sections of the songs also adding in a great amount of blast beats. Folk instruments can also be heard in some parts of the recording while the keyboards when they are utilized also add in some elements of ambient.
Spoken word parts can also be heard on some of the tracks as well as one track also introducing clean playing onto the recording. The songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a couple of tracks also adding in a small amount of female vocals, as the album progresses acoustic guitars are also added onto the recording and clean male vocals are also used on the closing song. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover Celtic Paganism, Nature, Darkness, Revenge and Winter themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Celtefog and if you are a fan of atmospheric and ambient pagan black metal, you should also check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The White Fjord" and "To the Celtic Lands". 8 out of 10.