Dearth are a band from Oakland, California that plays a mixture of war, black and death metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "To Crown All Befoulment" which will be released in June by Sentient Ruin Laboratories.
A very fast, raw and brutal war metal sound starts off the album along with a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Vocals also bring in a decent mixture of both high pitched black metal screams and bestial growls while the riffing also adds in some dissonant structures.
A small amount of melody can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very distorted style and all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them, a couple of the tracks are also long and epic in length, elements of doom/death can also be heard in the slower sections of the songs and the whole album also sticks to a heavier musical direction.
Dearth plays a musical style that takes war and bestial black/death metal and mixes them together with some dissonant and doom/death metal touches to create a sound of their own. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover nihilism themes.
In my opinion Dearth are a very great sounding mixture of war, black and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Writhing In Cellophane Cages" and "Blight". 8 out of 10.