Alberta, Canada's The Projectionist have returned with a new recording which continues the raw and depressive style of black metal from their previous releases and this is a review of their 2020 album "The Stench Of Amalthia" which will be released in April by Moribund Records.
Dark soundscapes start off the album along with some synths a few seconds second while the vocals are mostly grim yet depressive black metal screams. At times the music also captures the atmosphere of a classic horror movie soundtrack along with all of the tracks also adding in some spoken word parts.
When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling. At times the vocals also get more high pitched along with the riffs also adding in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies and the tracks also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Some of the riffing also shows an influence of death metal along with the solos and leads being done in a very dark yet melodic style when they are utilized. Demonic growls can also be heard briefly as well as a couple of tracks also introducing clean male and female vocals onto the recording.
Some of the songs are also very long and epic in length and when pianos are added onto the music they also give the recording more of an avant garde feeling and as the album progresses a brief use of clean playing can also be heard, the album also closes with a cover of Operation Winter Mist's "Death And Honor". The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are a concept album based upon an aging, dying former Film noire starlet named Amalthia Grahame, isolated in her palatial home and the horrors that she faces.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from The Projectionist and if you are a fan of raw, depressive and horror themes black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sepulchral Oak Door" "The Weakening" "Flated" and "Forsaken O'Clock". 8/5 out of 10.