Astrum Malum are a 1 man band from Finland that plays a mixture of neo-classical, dark ambient, black metal and sludge and this is a review of 2014 ep "Nether Knot" which was released by SixSixSix Music.
A very symphonic and epic neo-classical sound starts off the ep and they also mix it in with heavy guitars and grim yet deep black metal growls and screams and the programmed beats bring in a militant and industrial feeling and at times spoken word parts can be heard in certain sections of the recording.
At times you can hear a great amount of melody being utilized on this recording along with the slower riffing bringing in a very heavy sludge/doom metal feeling and when solos are utilized they bring in a great amount of melody, talent and skill and on the last track there is a brief use of spoken word aprts.
Astrum Malum creates a very original sound with his music taking a symphonic style of black metal which he mixes in with the slower riffing of sludge/doom metal and the atmosphere of dark ambient and neo-classical, the production sounds very dark while the lyrics are divided into a 3 song concept and have a very dark subject content to them.
In my opinion Astrum Malum are a very great sounding mixture of symphonic black metal, sludge, dark ambient and neo-classical and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should chekc out this project. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Part II". 8 out 10.