Croatia's Black Cult have returned with a new recording which continues the raw, melodic and satanic style of black metal from their previous releases and this is a review of their 2020 album "Nekropola" which was released as a joint effort between Grimm Distribution and InsArt Records.
A very dark, heavy and melodic sound starts off the album along with some spoken word parts being utilized briefly. All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of tremolo picking.
When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the music more of a raw feeling while the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic style.
A lot of the music goes for more of a modern style along with the Swedish style influences of previous recordings not being utilized as much which also shows the band showing more progress, a couple of the tracks are also long and epic in length and a later song also introduces clean playing onto the album and they also bring in a cover of Hibernum "Fear Is For Fools". The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Satanism, Luciferian, Occultism, Darkness and Misanthropy themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Black Cult and if you are a fan of raw and melodic satanic, occult black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Prasite" "Misanthropic Luciferian Psalm" and "Catharsis". 8 out of 10.