Russia's Astarium have returned with a new recording which continues the ambient and symphonic style of black metal from his previous releases and this is a review of his 2020 album "Hyperborea" which was released as a joint effort between Grimm Distribution and Gravações Tunguska.
Nature sounds and ambient style synths start off the album along with some programmed beats a few seconds later. Symphonic elements also mix in with the heavier sections of the music while all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them and most of the vocals are grim sounding black metal screams.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style while the faster sections of the music also add in a decent amount of blast beats. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as some spoken word also being used at times.
When tremolo picking is utilized during the faster sections of the songs it also gives the music more of a raw feeling along with one track also introducing clean playing onto the recording as well as the music also adding in a decent mixture of both old school and modern influences, as the album progresses a brief use of battle sounds can also be heard and one of the tracks is also an instrumental. The production sounds very professional while t he lyrics cover darkness, death, evil and occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Astarium and if you are a fan of ambient and symphonic occult black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Wild Hunt" "Snow Storm" "Daughter of Imir" and "Zhothaqquah". 8 out of 10.