Cold Raven are a band from Italy that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a very melodic and aggressive form of black metal with elements of death metal and this is a review of their self released 2020 album "In Tenebris Silvam".
A very dark and ritualistic sounding into starts off the album along with some synths, whispers and melodic chants as well as a brief use of programmed beats before going into more of a heavy and brutal musical direction while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic style.
Vocals bring in a mixture of high pitched black metal screams and death metal growls while the faster sections of the songs also add in a great amount of blast beats. The riffs also add in a lot of melody along with the music also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Synths also mix in with the heavier sections of the music at times and also gives the recording more of an atmospheric feeling. When tremolo picking is utilized during the faster sections of the songs they also give the tracks more of a raw vibe as well as one track also introducing clean playing and spoken word parts onto the recording.
A couple of songs are also long and epic in length as well as all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them and the album closes with a tribal sounding outro. The production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover pre Christian religions, anti-cosmos, sorcery and chaos themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Cold Raven and if you are a fan of melodic and aggressive black metal with elements of death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Path Of Hekate" "Eros And Thanatos" and "Black Light". 8 out of 10.