Havenless are a band from France that plays a melodic and progressive form of black/death metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "The Crimson Lines" which will be released by WormHoleDeath Records.
Nature sounds along with some synths start off the album before going into more of a prog metal direction and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and after the intro the music starts adding in more melody as well as getting a bit more heavier along with some solos and leads that are very melodic and progressive sounding along with a couple of tracks that are very long and epic in length.
When vocals are added into the music they are in the growling death metal vein and they also add in a great amount of acoustic guitars which also enhance the progressive nature of the music while still focusing mainly on a heavier sound and you can also hear a great amount of early Opeth influences in the bands musical sound and some of the later tracks add in elements of psychedelic music.
In certain sections of the recording clean singing vocals are utilized and most of the death meal elements of the bands musical style are more closer to the 90's European sound and you can also hear keyboards, symphonic and atmospheric elements being utilized at times and as the album progresses you can hear some influences from later day Enslaved and Ishann albums which also add in a touch of Norwegian black metal and you can also hear a slight influence of that genre in some of the screams when they are utilized.
Havenless plays a style of death metal that is very progressive bringing back to the early Opeth sound while also mixing it with some of the more progressive element s of the Norwegian scene to create a very dark and heavy sounding recording, the production sound s very professional while the lyrics cover dark and mysterious themes.
In my opinion Havenless are a very great sounding progressive blackened death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sons of the Raging Season" "Orphans Of Magic" "In The Sorness Chamber" and "Shades in The Moor". 8 out of 10.