Outward are a band from the Czech Republic that plays post black metal and this is a review of their self titled and self released 2020 ep.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the ep along with some high pitched black metal screams which also have their depressive moments while the vocals also mix in some shouts and death metal growls at times. All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them and most of the tracks are also very long and epic in length.
Melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing while clean vocals can also be heard in certain sections of the recording. When clean playing is utilized it also introduces elements of post rock into the music along with some blast beats also being added into the faster sections of the songs,.
Synths can also be heard at times along with the tremolo picking also giving the music more of a raw feeling when it is utilized as well as one song also introducing spoken word parts onto the recording, the main focus is also more on a slow or mid tempo direction and a brief use of guitar solos and leads can also be heard on the closing track. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover life, death and what's beyond.
In my opinion Outward are a very great sounding post black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Cremation Of Care" and "Dancing Shadows". 8 out of 10.