Vesterian are a band that has been featured before in this zine with a musical style I would describe as being a very dark and heavy form of satanic/occult black metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Anthems For The Coming War Age" which was released by Glorious North Productions.
The album starts out with some dark and ritualistic sound effects along with some some synths as well as the sounds of nature and war and than the music goes into a very fast black metal assault along with some blast beats and high pitched screams and the music utilizes a very dark sounding atmosphere as well as adding in melody to the chaos this music produces and after awhile the music slows down and adds in some guitar solos which enhance the darkness of the album.
As the album progresses it gets more dark and evil in sound as well as mixing in some brutal elements as well as adding in spoken word parts with the screams and a lot of true and old school black metal elements start to kick in a lot more and the music for the most part sticks to a fast and chaotic direction while the slow parts are still used on a regular basis and they also bring in a ritualistic feeling to the recording and the guitar solos also start displaying a lot more talent and skill.
Once we get halfway through the album the bass guitars start sounder stronger and they add to the chaos and demonic speed of the music while also adding to the darkness of the more slow and atmospheric elements of the music and towards the end there is also a few seconds of melodic clean singing vocals being mixed in with some grim sounding screams.
This album shows a lot of strength and power as well as diversity when the band goes into fast mode the music is some of the most chaotic black metal ever produced while the slower and more melodic aspects of the music bring in a dark atmosphere that sets this band a part from other bands of this genre and when synths are utilized they bring back memories of the more atmospheric sounding 90's black metal bands and with all of these elements combined it makes this recording one of the best black metal albums released this year.
Song lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism and Sumerian themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and dark sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Vesterian and if you are a fan of dark, heavy, fast and melodic satanic/occult black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Under the Blood Red Moon" "Ancient Bloodthirst" "Unknown Spell's From Nibiru's Watchtower" and "Dark Oceans Roar During the Cosmic Upheavel". RECOMMENDED BUY.