Saturday, February 23, 2013

Otoño /Ghosts Of Smoke/2008 CD Review


     Otoño  are  a  band  from  California  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  melodic  black/death  metal  with  some  progressive  and  thrash  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2008  album  "Ghosts  Of  Smoke".

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats  being  present  on  this  recording,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording,  as  for  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  they  dring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  riffs  that  combine  melodic death,  black,  thrash  and  progressive  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of their  own  with  some  soft  and  clean  playing  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  death  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  full  chords  and  finger  picking  to  add  more  progressive  touches  to  the  recording.

 Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death/black  metal  growls  with  some  movie  samples  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  thrash  style  vocals,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  as  for t he  production  it  has  a  very  strong,powerful  and  heavy  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on t his  recording  with  a  couple  of  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Otoño     are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  melodic  death,  black,  progressive  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ghosts  Of  Smoke"  "The  Omen"  "Cannibal  Jesus"  and  "Under  A  Grey  Autumn  Sky".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.    

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