To Conceal The Horns is a solo project from Finland that plays a very dark and cosmic form of black metal and this is a review of his 2020 album "Purist" which will be released in March by Purity Through Fire.
Atmospheric soundscapes start off the album along with some melodic riffing a few seconds later while synths are also a very huge part of the recording as well as adding in some elements of ambient at times. Spoken word parts can also be heard briefly and the vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling. Most of the music is very heavily rooted in the mid 90's era along with a great portion of the tracks being very long and epic in length and the riffs also add in some melodic riffing.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style as well as all of the musical instruments on the recording also having a very powerful sound to them. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, growls can also be heard in some parts of the recording along with one track also introducing spoken word parts and clean playing onto the album, acoustic guitars can also be heard briefly. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in a mixture of English and Finnish and cover cosmic themes.
In my opinion TO Conceal The Horns is a very great sounding dark and cosmic black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genres, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Rite Of Purification" and "Death Horizon". 8/5 out of 10.