Fausttophel are a band from Russia that plays a mixture of melodic black and death metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Thirst Of Oblivion" which was released by Metal Scrap Records.
"Feather_Hanjar" begins with some sound effects and spoken word parts and serves as an intro for the album.
"Looking For Lights" begins with some heavy and melodic guitar riffs along with some drums and synths which lead to some blackened vocals that utilize some screams before going into a faster direction along with some blast beats and a few seconds later the music slows down and starts adding in guitar solos and leads briefly and then goes into a softer direction along with some experimental synths which leads to the music getting heavy again and bringing in some melodic female vocals.
"Spell" begins with some melodic guitar leads which leads to some blast beats from the drums before slowing down and adding in heavy guitar riffs, synths and deep death metal growls which also start utilizing some black metal elements as the song moves on as well as bringing more blast beats and switching back and forth between slow and fast parts and after awhile there is a brief use of melodic guitar solos and leads being utilized briefly.
"Part Of You" begins with some soft acoustic guitar playing and then going into heavy guitar riffs, drums and synths and after awhile the song goes into a faster direction along with some blackened metal growls and screams and then slowing down and adding melody into the guitar riffing and then the song starts switching back and forth between slow and fast parts as well as adding in guitar solos and leads.before returning to a softer direction with the acoustic guitars briefly and going back to being heavy again as well as bringing back some leads and closing in a softer direction.
"Thoughts" which is a Kollaps cover begins with some spoken word parts and a minute later heavy guitar riffs, drums and synths make their presence known before going into a faster direction along with some blast beats and black metal screams and you can hear some melody coming out of the guitar riffs which leads to the song slowing down and then switching back and forth between slow and fast parts.
"Thirst Of Oblivion" begins with some soft acoustic guitars before adding in heavy guitar riffs, drums, prog keyboards and deep death metal growls and after awhile the music gets faster and the vocals start utilizing some black metal influences before switching back and forth between slow and fast parts as well as bringing in a brief use of melodic guitar leads that come in and out and spoken word parts before going back to the acoustic guitars and bringing in some female vocals and after awhile the music gets heavy again and the song closes with an opera sound.
Song lyrics cover dark and everyday themes while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound with the bass guitars being mixed down low in the mix and the last song is very long and epic in length
In my opinion Fausttophel are a very great sounding hybrid of melodic black and death metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Looking For Lights" and "Parts Of You". RECOMMENDED BUY.