Australia's Hellhole has returned with a new recording which shows them expanding into a duo with the other member being from Norway and the music going for more of an atmospheric and depressive style of post black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "I Succumbed" which was released by Nailed Nazarene Industries.
Tortured sounds start off the album before adding in some clean playing while some of the tracks are very long and epic in length. At times the music also gets very atmospheric sounding along with the vocals being mostly grim yet depressive black metal screams and the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style.
Melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing while elements of post metal can also be heard at times. Clean playing also returns on some of the later tracks along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them as well as a couple of songs adding in a small amount of spoken word parts and all of the music sticks to either a slow or mid tempo style, synths can also be heard briefly.
On this recording Hellhole remains true to the atmospheric and depressive style of black metal that was established on previous releases. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover darkness, depression, loneliness and betrayal themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Hellhole and if you are a fan of atmospheric and depressive post black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hate Life" and "This Is The End". 8 out of 10.