United Kingdom's Old Corpse Road has returned with a new recording which continues the folk influenced style of atmospheric black metal from their previous releases and this is a review of their 2020 album "On Ghastly Shores Lays The Wreckage Of Our Lore" which will be released in May by Trollzorn.
A very dark, heavy and atmospheric sound starts off the album while keyboards can also be heard at times. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style along with some spoken word parts also being used on some of the tracks and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while demonic sounding growls can be heard at times. Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with the tremolo picking also giving the songs more of a raw feeling and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the music also being very heavily rooted in the British style. When acoustic guitars are added onto the recording they also bring in elements of folk music as well as some nature sounds also being used briefly.
The riffs also add in a great amount of melody and some tracks also add in clean vocals, when percussion is utilized it also gives the music more of a tribal feeling. All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and as the album progresses a brief use of whispered vocals can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover the dark folklore of Britain.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Old Corpse Road and if you are a fan of folk orientated atmospheric black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Harbingers Of Death(Voices In The Tempest)" "As Waves Devour Their Carcasses" and "The Ghosts Of The Ruinous Dunstanbrgh Catle". 8/5 out of 10.