Greece's solo project Apocalyptic Leaders has returned with a new recording which shows the music going for an atmospheric, raw and melodic style of black metal and this is a review of his self released 2023 album "Theory Of Death".
A very fast and raw sound starts off the album along with a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while atmospheric sounds are also mixed in with the heavier sections of the songs at times and the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody.
Touches of punk can also be heard at times while the songs also add in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very aggressive and melodic post metal style and all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them. A couple of the tracks are also very long and epic in length and one song also introduces synths onto the recording.
On this recording Apocalyptic Leaders remains true to the atmospheric, raw and melodic style of black metal that he has established on previous releases. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover hell, death, murder and the writings of H.P Lovecraft.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Apocalyptic Leaders and if you are a fan of atmospheric, melodic and raw black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "That Haunts it Even Now" "Source Of Life" and "Anti-Dogmatic Era". 8 out of 10.