Batsheva are a band from Pennsylvania that has been featured before in this zine with a symphonic and melodic take on black and doom metal but also experiments with ambient and noise on the new recording and this is a review of their self released 2015 ep "I Am The Whore Of Babylon".
A very heavy and blasphemous black/death metal sound starts off the ep along with a few blast beats and a mixture of growls and high pitched screams and the doom metal influence starts kicking in during the slower riff along with some atmospheric sounds and the riffs also bring in a decent amount of melody.
When solos and leads are utilized briefly they bring in a more modern and melodic style of black metal and the song also brings in both slow and fast parts and on the later tracks the music goes for more of an instrumental and ambient noise direction that also uses a great amount of harsh power electronics and they also mix in the black metal style and screams into their approach to noise which also gives the songs more of a ritualistic feeling.
Batsheva keeps the black and doom metal elements of previous recordings and also mixes in noise and ambient to create a very dark, ritualistic and occult sounding ep, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover darkness and occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Batsheva and if you are a fan of t he more evil styles of black metal, doom, death and noise, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "I Am The Whore Of Babylon" and "To The Worms". 8 out of 10.