Bliss-Illusion are a band from China that plays a mixture of post black metal, shoegaze, Buddhist and Chinese folk music and this is a review of their 2019 album "Shinrabansho" which was released by Anesthetize.
A very atmospheric sounding post rock sound starts off the album along with a brief use of spoken word parts while the music also brings in a great amount of keyboards. Clean vocals are also utilized at times while the music also brings in a great amount of shoegaze elements which are also mixed in with the heavier sections of the songs.
Vocals are mostly high pitched depressive black metal screams while Chinese folk instruments are also added into some parts of the recording. At times the music also brings in the more ritualistic side of Buddhist music along with some melodic chants and throat singing also being utilized at times.
Some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length along with the riffs also adding in a lot of melody and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style as well as one of the tracks being an instrumental, clean playing is also added into certain sections of the recording and as the album progresses growling vocals can also be heard briefly and when the music finally speeds up a brief use of blast beats are also utilized. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Buddhist Philosophy, Poetry, Introspection and Human Emotion themes.
In my opinion Bliss-Illusion are a very great sounding mixture of post black metal, depressive rock, shoegaze, Buddhist and Chinese folk music and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sunyata" "Pass Away" and "The Age of The Last Dharma". 8/5 out of 10.