Old Castles are a solo project from Sweden that plays a mixture of raw black metal and dungeon synth and this is a review of his album "Die Wampyrika" which will be released in 2021 by Inferna Profundus Records.
An almost silent sound starts off the album before going into a more lo-fi dungeon synth direction while the synths also use a variety of many different sounding keys. On the second track the music goes into a heavier direction along with the tremolo picking and blast beats during the faster sections of the songs also giving the recording more of a raw feeling.
A lot of the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's demo style while the high pitched black metal screams are kind of mixed down low in the mix. The songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some tracks also capturing a very ritualistic atmosphere as well as half of the tracks also being dungeon synth instrumentals.
Old Castles plays 2 different musical styles on this recording with one part being a very raw and ugly form of black metal as well as the other part being in a very lo-fi dungeon synth direction. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover vampirism, sorcery and medieval themes.
In my opinion Old Castles are a very great sounding mixture of raw black metal and dungeon synth and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Orgiastic Feast In Excrement" "Burial Into the Mist" and "Funeral Sorcery". 8 out of 10.