Zmarchrob are a solo project from the Czech Republic that has been featured before in the zine and plays a very raw and old school form of black metal and this is a review of his self released 2020 album "Yersenia pestis".
A synth orientated intro starts off the album before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also utilizes a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing while the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's second wave tradition.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while the songs also bring in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Clean singing can also be heard briefly along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them as well as the guitar solos and leads also being done in a very dark yet melodic style when they are utilized, one track also adds in a brief use of ritualistic sounding bells.
On this recording Zmarchrob remains true to the raw and old school style of black metal that he had established on his previous release. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in the songwriters native tongue and cover wizardry, witchcraft, medieval and darkness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Zmarchrob and if you are a fan of raw and old school black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Zmarchrob-Yersenia pestis" and "Svedectvi sienske". 8 out of 10.