Atel are a solo project from Glendale, California that plays a very raw and depressive form of black metal and this is a review of his 2015 demo "Demolishing Life, Embracing Death" which was released by Depressive Illusions Records.
A very dark and raw black metal sound starts off the demo along with the faster sections using a great amount of blast beats and the vocals are in a very high pitched and depressive style and you can hear a lot of influences from the 90's second wave underground style and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Spoken word samples can be heard briefly in one of the songs and after awhile depressive melodies can be heard in certain sections of the recording while the main focus remains on tremolo picking and power chords and a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and one track brings in a brief use of synths while the music is mostly done in a very raw and heavy style of black metal and there is also a brief use of guitar leads before the outro.
Atel plays a style of depressive black metal that is more aggressive and raw than most bands of this style and they also bring a bit of the 90's style in the songs to create a very heavy and grim demo, the production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover depression, death and darkness themes.
In my opinion Atel are a very great sounding raw and depressive solo black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this demo. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Created In A Dark Void" and "High Gallows And Shallow Graves". 8 out of 10.