Toblakai are a band from Austria that plays an old schoolmisanthropy, suicide, depression, rage and social form of black metal with elements of thrash and heavy metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Puritans Hand" which will be released in November by Naturmacht Productions.
A very hard and heavy traditional metal influenced sound starts off the album while the riffs also add in a great amount of melody. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw feeling.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced an fast parts while one track also introduces acoustic guitars onto the album. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic yet old school style along with some spoken word parts also being utilized briefly.
All of t he musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with some of the riffing also showing an influence of thrash metal. A lot of the music also brings in some influences from the 70's, 80's and 90's era of metal but with a more modern take on the style. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover misanthropy, suicide, depression, rage and social criticism themes.
In my opinion Toblakai are a very great sounding old school black metal band with some elements of thrash and heavy metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Each Beginning Brings And End" "Hail To The Insane" "Darkest Of Thrones" and "Chaos Legions". 8out of 10.