Karg is a solo project from Austria that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a very atmospheric form of post black metal and this is a review of his 2020 album "Traktat" which will be released on February 7th by AOP Records.
Clean playing starts off the album while also introducing elements of post rock onto the recording. The riffs also add in a great amount of melody along with the vocals being mostly angry yet depressive black metal screams and the solos and leads are done in a very melodic shoegaze style.
At times the music also gets very atmospheric sounding while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the recording more of a raw feeling. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Most of the tracks are also very long and epic in length as well as some spoken word parts also being added into some parts of the recording. Some songs also add in grunge and post punk influences along with some tracks also adding in a small amount of clean vocals, violins are also brought into some parts of the album and as the album progresses a brief use of spoken word parts can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in a dialect spoken near the Tennen Mountains in Austria and cover melancholy, depression, suicide and drug abuse themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Karg and if you are a fan of atmospheric post black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Irgendjemand wartet immer" "Alaska" "Grabcholerik" and "Nichts als Schatten". 8 out of 10.