Belgium's Alkerdeel have returned with a new recording which shows the music going into a mixture of raw black, sludge and doom metal and this is a review of their 2021 album "Slonk" which will be released in February as a joint effort between Babylon Doom Cult Records and Consouling Sounds.
Atmospheric sounding drones and soundscapes start off the album along with some ambient style synths before going into a heavier direction. Elements of sludge and doom metal can be heard in the slower sections of the songs while all of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them.
A great portion of the tracks are also very long and epic in length while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling and the tracks also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
At times the vocals also add in some angry shouts along with some dark sounding melodies also being added into some of the guitar riffing. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very dissonant style. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in the bands native tongue and cover surrealism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Akerdeel and if you are a fan of experimental, raw black, sludge and doom metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Vier" and "Trok". 8 out of 10.