Greece's Primeval Mass has returned with a new recording which continues the occult black metal style of previous releases and this is a review of their 2020 album "Nine Altars" which will be released in February by Katoptron IX Records.
A very heavy, old school and melodic sound starts off the album while the faster sections of the songs also add in a decent amount of blast beats. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams along with the music also mixing in some first wave, thrash and power metal elements.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they also add in a very melodic and old school NWOBHM style.
Some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length as well as the music also adding in a decent mixture of both modern and old school influences. When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the songs more of a raw feeling, one of the tracks is also an instrumental and when clean playing is utilized it gives the recording more of a progressive feeling. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Occultism, Mysticism and Darkness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Primeval Mass and if you are a fan of occult black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Circle of Skulls" "Burning Sorcery" and "The Hourgalss Still". 8 out of 10.