Israthoum are a band originally from Portugal but now re-located to the Netherlands that has been featured before in this zine and plays an occult form of black metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Channeling Death & Devil" which will be released in July by Altare Productions.
A very dark and heavy sound along with some melodic guitar leads start off the album along with some grim black metal screams a few seconds later and melodic yet ritualistic chanting is also used at times along with the riffs also using a decent amount of melody and blast beats are utilized when the music speeds up.
During the faster sections of the songs a great amount of tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the music a more raw black metal feeling and the tracks also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while also having a perfect balance between both old school and modern influences and as the album progresses a brief use of synths and clean guitars can be heard along with one of the later tracks being very long and epic in length.
Israthoum creates another recording that remains true to the occult black metal style of previous releases, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover the left hand path, darkness and death themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Israthoum and if you are a fan of occult black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Channeling Death And Devil" "Drudges Of Ruination" "Well Of Bitterness" and "Turn Stone To Ash". 8 out of 10.