Stagwounder are a band from Germany that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays an alternative mixture of black, doom and death metal and this is a review of their self released 2020 ep "Abhold" which will be released on December 4th.
Acoustic guitars start off the ep along with some melodic guitar solos and leads a few seconds later which also takes the music into a heavier direction. Vocals are mostly angry sounding black metal screams as well as some death metal influences also being utilized at times and all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them.
Elements of doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the music while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the recording more of a raw feeling and most of the tracks are also very long and epic in length.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with one of the songs also adding in a brief use of spoken word samples. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style as well as the vocals also utilizing a more shouting approach at times, as the ep progresses clean playing and touches of stoner metal can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover agony, hate and desperation themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Stagwounder and if you are a fan of black, doom and death metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "From The Ivory Deathbed" and "Indra's Wound". 8 out of 10.