Norway/Poland's Illness have returned with a new recording which shows the music going for a schizophrenic style of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2021 ep "Schizophrenic Kingdoms".
A synth orientated intro starts off the ep along with some spoken word samples which also gives the music the atmosphere of a bad nightmare while the synths also mix in with the heavier parts of the music. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while the faster sections of the songs also add in a great 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 good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Spoken word samples are also added on the later tracks along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them and the ep closes with a cover of Thorns's Aerie Descent" which also introduces melodic guitars solos and leads onto the recording.
On this recording Illness plays a style of black metal that is very aggressive raw and synth orientated. The production sounds very raw and heavy while the lyrics cover schizophrenia and mental illness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Illness and if you are a fan of raw and atmospheric black metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Insanity" and "Black Schizophrenic Metal". 8 out of 10.