Batsheva are a 1 man band from Pennsylvania that plays a very melodic and symphonic form of blackened doom metal and this is a review of his self titled and self released 2014 album.
A very dark and ritualistic sound starts off the album and after the intro the music keeps the ritualistic sounds and adds in a symphonic and melodic black metal sound that also brings in a great amount of blast beats along with some grim screams while the slower sections bring in a great amount of doom metal elements.
A good portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as adding a great amount of melody in the riffs and the symphonic black metal side of the music is a lot more closer to the 90's style and brings in a bit of the rawness that genre once had before later bands made it more mainstream sounding and you can also hear traces of funeral doom in the slower sections and one of the tracks also bring in a small amount of spoken word parts.
Batsheva goes back to the 90's styles of melodic and symphonic black metal and mixes them in with a very heavy and dark style of doom metal to create a sound of his own, the production sounds very dark yet very heavy at the same time while the lyrics cover Occultism themes.
In my opinion Batsheva are a very great sounding mixture of symphonic, melodic black metal and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Moon Eyes" and "The Conquest Of The Witch Queen". 8 out of 10.