Serene Dark are a band from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada that has been featured before in this zine under their older name 'Enddemise' and plays a melodic and symphonic mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their self released 2020 album "Enantiodromia" which will be released in July.
Tragic sounding keyboards which also uses a variety of many different sounding keys and spoken word samples start off the album before going into a heavier direction. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while the guitar solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Death metal growls are also utilized quite a bit throughout the recording and the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody and symphonic elements also mix in with the heavier sections of the songs.
All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them along with the music also having its brutal moments. The songs also add in a decent mixture of both old school and modern influences as well as a couples of them also being very long and epic in length and as the album progresses throat singing and clean singing can also be heard briefly on a couple of tracks, spoken word parts also make a brief return on a couple of later songs. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover philosophy, stoicism, hermeticism and occultism themes.
In my opinion Serene Dark are a very great sounding symphonic and melodic mixture of black and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band.RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Of Serpentine Form" "Dweller In The Void of Spirit" " Grieving The Distortion Of Self" and "Onward, Burning, Radiance". 8 out of 10.