Ethereal are a band from the United Kingdom that plays a very symphonic form of black metal with some elements of death and doom metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Opus Aethereum" which was released by Candlelight Records.
A very epic and symphonic sound starts off the album and after a minute and a half the music gets a lot more heavier and adds in high pitched black metal screams as well as speeding up and adding in a great amount of blast beats and they also mix the heavy and symphonic parts together along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
Death metal growls can be heard in certain sections of the recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a great portion of the tracks being very long and epic in length while the solos and leads bring more of a melodic sound to the songs when they are utilized.
Spoken word parts can be heard briefly in some of the tracks and some of the slower riffs add elements of doom metal onto the recording and the riffs also use a decent amount of melody and the songs also go for more of an aggressive style of symphonic black metal and also bring in touches of brutal blackened death metal and some of the tracks also bring in a little bit of clean parts that are overshadowed by the heavier side of the bands musical style.
Ethereal plays a style of black metal that is very symphonic and melodic and also mixes in elements of death and doom metal to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Darkness, Hatred and Satanism themes.
In my opinion Ethereal are a very great sounding melodic and symphonic black metal band with elements of death and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nomicon" "Psalm Of The Deceiver" and "Waking Death". 8 out of 10.