Ande is a solo project from Belgium that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a very raw and atmospheric form of post black metal and this is a review of his self released 2020 album "Vossenkuil" which will be released in April.
A synth orientated intro starts off the album before going into a heavier direction while the faster sections of the music also add in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling while the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Atmospheric elements are also mixed in with the heavier sections of the music at times along with the synths also making a return on some of the later tracks.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style along with one track also introducing spoken word parts onto the recording. The riffs also bring in a good amount of melody as well as one track also introducing clean playing and clear singing onto the recording.
You can also hear some influences of folk and post black metal as the album progresses as well as a later song being a cover of Lugrubrum's "Mjin Koninkrijk Van Groen" and the recording also closes with an instrumental. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics are written in the songwriters native tongue and covers nature and misanthropy themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ande and if you are a fan of raw and atmospheric post black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nachtwandeling" "De Hutten" and "Sneeuw Op Het Meer". 8 out of 10.