Italy's Blaze Of Sorrow have 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 "Absentia" which was released by Eisenwald.
Dark soundscapes start off the album along with a brief use of ritualistic sounds before going into a heavier musical direction. All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic style and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams while the faster sections of the songs also add in a decent amount of tremolo picking which also gives the album a raw feeling. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as a great portion of the tracks being very long and epic in length.
At times the music also gets very atmospheric sounding along with one track also introducing acoustic guitars onto the recording which also add in elements of folk music, one track also adds in a brief use of melodic chants and the album also closes with an instrumental. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Italian and cover nature and inner-self themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Blaze Of Sorrow and if you are a fan of folk influenced atmospheric black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Settimo requiem" and "Cupio dissolvi". 8 out of 10.