Germany's Ancst have returned with a new recording which shows in the music going for more of a mixture of raw and melodic black metal and crust and this is a review of their 2020 album "Summits Of Despondency" which will be released in September by Lifeforce Records.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album while the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody. All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with the faster sections of the songs also adding in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw black metal feeling.
Vocals are done in mostly a crust or hardcore style of screaming 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 melodic style along with one track also introducing spoken word parts onto the recording.
One of the later songs is also an instrumental and also introduces clean playing and synths which also adds in some touches of ambient onto the album, the music also mixes in some elements of crossover and d beat at times as well as a later track also introducing female vocals onto the recording and growls are also added on a few songs. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover political topics, social injustices, mental illness and anti Nazi themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ancst and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Kill Your Inner Cop" "Praising the Realm Of Loss" "...Of Dying" and "Monolith". 8 out of 10.
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