SmertoKrest are a band from Russia that plays a very raw and satanic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "The Call Of the Other Side" which was released by Wolfmond Production.
A very dark sounding intro starts off the album along with a brief use of acoustic guitars while the heavier riffing also adds in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams along with the faster sections of the songs also adding in a decent amount of blast beats.
When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the music more of a raw feeling while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with the guitar solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style when they are utilized as well as the album closing with an instrumental.
SmertoKrest plays a style of satanic black metal that is very raw and traditional sounding. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Satanism, Death and Evil themes.
In my opinion SmertoKrest are a very great sounding satanic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Black Path" and "Dead Souls". 8out of 10.