Chicago, Illinois's Annihilus has returned with a new recording which shows the music going into more of a black metal direction with elements of noise rock, sludge, shoegaze and instrumental synth music and this is a review of his self released 2020 album "Ghamima".
Dark, heavy and melodic riffing starts of the album along with some grim yet high pitched black metal screams a few seconds later. All of the drum beats are also programmed while the mid tempo sections of the songs also show an influence of noise rock and a later track also introduces synths onto the recording.
Spoken word parts can also be heard briefly while the slower sections of the songs also bring in elements of sludge metal. When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the songs more of a raw feeling along with some of the riffing also adding in a touch of shoegaze as well as some blast beats also being utilized when the music finally speeds up.
All of the tracks also sound very different from each other along with all of the musical instruments on the recording also having a very powerful sound to them and the album also closes with a cover of The Sex Pistols "Anarchy In The U.K" which is done in more of a blackened noise style The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are interpretations from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and Frank Herbert's Dune.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Annihilus and if you are a fan of raw black metal with some shoegaze, noise rock and sludge metal elements, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Matthew" "A Moon Falls" and "W.T.W.B". 8 out of 10.