Iran/Norway's From The Vastland have returned with a new recording which continues the raw and melodic style of black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "The Haft Khan" which will be released on April 30th as a joint effort between Satanath Records and Iron, Blood And Death Corporation.
A very dark, heavy and melodic sound starts off the album before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams and the music also adds in a decent amount of 90's influences but keeps it modern at the same time.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them. Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length while one song introduces clean playing onto the recording.
Spoken word pars can also be heard briefly on a couple of tracks along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic style as well as one track also adding in a small amount of militant beats and dark soundscapes before returning back to a heavier direction, some tracks also add in some rain and thunder sounds and classical guitars can also be heard briefly on the closing songs. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Zoroastrianism and the mythologies of Persia and Mesopotamia.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from From The Vastland and if you are a fan of raw and melodic black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Khan e Aval" "Chaharom" and "Khan e Haftom". 8 out of 10.