Ancient SphereS are a band from Costa Rica that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very raw and melodic form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2020 ep "The Trve Rehearsals".
Nature sounds start off the ep along with some guitar sounds a few seconds later before going into a heavier direction. When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling and the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams.
Death metal growls can also be heard in some parts of the recording while the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the music also adding in a decent amount of 90's influences as well as a couple of the songs also being long and epic in length and as the recording progresses a brief use of spoken word parts can also be heard.
On this recording Ancient SphereS remains true to the melodic and raw style of black metal that they have established on previous releases. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Costa Rica's native Cultures and Obscurantism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ancient SphereS and if you are a fan of raw and melodic black metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ethereal" and "Devotion Of The Black Flame".