Cien are a band from Poland that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very cold and gloomy form of depressive black metal and this is a review of their 2019 ep "Sickness Called Mankind" which was released by old Temple.
Atmospheric sounding drones start off the ep before adding in some melodic guitar leads along with the vocals being mostly grim yet depressive black emtal screams. All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while t he riffs also add in a decent amount of melody.
During the faster sections of the songs a decent amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw feeling. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some growls also being utilized at times.
Some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length as well as one of the songs being a cover of Roykssopp's "What Else Is There" which also adds in some touches of goth and post rock and the last 2 closing songs are re-mixes by Exurge that also add some elements of electronic music onto the recording, acoustic guitars and spoken word samples can also be heard briefly. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover suicide, anti humanity, pain and suffering themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Cien and if you are a fan of cold and gloomy depressive black metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sickness Called Mankind" and "What Else Is There". 8out of 10.