Wayfarer are a band from Denver, Colorado that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays aa atmospheric and cascadian influenced form of post black metal with some elements of Americana and this is a review of their 2020 album "A Romance Without Violence" which will be released in October by Profound Lore Records.
Western music style keyboards start off the album along with some viola's a few seconds later before going into a heavier musical direction. All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with the vocals being mostly deep yet grim sounding black metal screams.
A great portion of the tracks are also very long and epic in length while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody. When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling and the music also adds in a decent amount of post metal elements.
When acoustic guitars are utilized they also bring in influences of American onto the recording along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. At times the music also captures the atmospheric side of the cascadian style as well as the guitar leads and solos being done in a very melodic style when they are utilized.
Clean playing can also be heard on some of the tracks as well as a couple of tracks also adding in some synths. One song also introduces clean vocals onto the album along with a brief use of psychedelic touches, the vocals also add in a decent amount of growls, as the album progresses a brief instrumental can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover the history of the wild west.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Wayfarer and if you are a fan of atmospheric, cascadian, post black metal and Americana, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Crimson Rider" "Masquerade Of The Gunslingers" and "Vaudeville". 8 out of 10.