StarGazer are a band from Australia that has had music reviewed before and plays a very raw and aggressive mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2020 compilation album "Gloat/Borne" which will be released on February 28th by Nuclear War Now! Productions and consists of their 1996 and 1997 demo and ep "Gloat" and "Borne".
A very dark, heavy and lo-fi sound starts off the compilation while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a good amount of blast beats and tremolo picking which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling. Vocals also bring in a mixture of black metal screams and death metal growls.
Throughout the compilation you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very chaotic style along with the riffs also adding in a decent amounts of dark sounding melodies as well as the vocals having their guttural moments and all of the music on the 1996 demo sticks to a heavier direction.
The songs on the 1997 ep bring in more a blackened death metal style along with vocals adding in more of a grim black metal approach as well as mixing in a good amount of melody and technical structures, guttural growls are also utilized at times and as the ep progresses the music also adds in more of a raw and lo-fi style, acoustic guitars are also added on the outro. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover mysticism, esoterica and magick themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding collection from StarGazer and if you are a fan of raw and aggressive black and death metal, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Conqueror Perennial Fire" "Interrestrial Black Twilights" "Darkest nether From The Solstice" and "Final Winter Kiss". 8 out of 10.