Grave Gnosis are a band from St. Petersburg, Florida that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of occult black metal and this is a review of their 2021 album "Lux Nigredo" which will be released on January 23rd by Vargheist Records.
Ritualistic soundscapes and spoken chants start off the album before going into a heavier musical direction. Vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams while all of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them and the riffs also add in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies.
Clear chants can also be heard briefly while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of blast beats. At times the music also gets very atmospheric sounding along with the solos and leads also being done in a very dark yet melodic style and when tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the recording more of a raw feeling.
Clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with the cellos being done by a member of Hville I Kaos when they are utilized. A great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length as well as the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts
Keyboards can also be heard in the background at times and they also enhance the atmospheric qualities of the music. A couple of the tracks also introduces acoustic guitars onto the album as well as one song also adding in a brief use of nature sounds along with the music also adding in more avant garde touches as the album progresses. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Esotericism Satanism, Occultism, Left Hand Path. Alchemy, Draconian, Vampyric Magick and Death themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Grave Gnosis and if you are a fan of atmospheric occult black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Astovidat" "Necrosophia" "Ho Drakon Ho Megas" and "Solipsist Dreams". 8/5 out of 10.