Atmospheric black metal has always been interesting to me as it is a genre that can express many things: loneliness, hostility, peacefulness, and even tranquility. It can contain all sorts of ambiance from the sound of water flowing over on rocks to the echoing of a cave to the wind in a snow waste. Old Graves’ new album “This Ruin Beneath Snowfall” is no different. This album is only about 22 minutes in length, but in that are 4 amazing tracks that any fan of the genre will be able to enjoy and appreciate as I do. There weren’t as many atmospheric effects like wind or running water, but the guitars made up for that by having an interesting sound throughout the whole album that I can only applaud because of how well done they are. The vocals have a very distant feel to them as if someone were screaming at you from far away, and the drums had both a fast and calm pace at certain points in “This Ruin Beneath Snowfall” and that really allowed the rhythm to progress nicely. This is overall a very nice atmospheric black metal release as it has got everything that I could ever want or need out of the genre. The execution was spot on and the feel earns my thumbs up without hesitation.
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