Immolator where a band from Italy that played an occult form of black metal and this is a review of their ep "Ars Morienda" which was originally recorded in 1997 and not released until 2020 by Masked Dead Records.
A very fast and raw sound starts off the ep along with a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the riffs also add in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies along with the vocals being mostly high pitched black metal screams.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very chaotic yet melodic style. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the vocals also add in more of an angry approach on later songs as well as the music also adding in a decent mixture of both first and second wave influences.
As the ep progresses a brief use of spoken word parts can also be heard and the ep closes with a cover of Venom's "Countess Bathory" which also adds in a small amount of clean playing towards the end. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover occultism and mysticism themes.
In my opinion Immolator where a very great sounding old school occult black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Black River" and "Crown Of Thorns". 8 out of 10.