Blutvial are a band from the United Kingdom that h as been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a very melancholic, harsh and unholy form of black metal and this is a review of their 2018 album "Mysteries of Earth" which will be released in March by Heidens Hart Records.
Ritualistic synths start off the album before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and brutal blast beats while the vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams along with the riffs also b ringing in a small amount of dark sounding melodies.
A great amount of 90's second wave influences can be heard in the bands musical style while some of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with some acoustic guitars also being used briefly and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion and as the album progresses spoken word parts can also be heard briefly.
On this recording Blutvial plays a style of black metal that is very raw, aggressive and misanthropic sounding, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover darkness, nihilism, and existentialism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Blutvial and if you are a fan of raw and misanthropic black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Beneath The Moon" "Vaul Of Unrest" "Doomed To Eternal Night" and "Where Graves Spring Open". 8 out of 10.