Atorum are a duo from Germany that plays an avant garde form of black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Structurae" which will be released by Apathia Records.
A very heavy and avant garde metal sound starts off the album along with some classical influenced keyboards and a few seconds later high pitched black metal screams make their presence known on the recording and the riffs also use a great amount of melody and after awhile folk instruments are added onto the recording.
Deep death metal growls can be heard in certain sections of the recording and the music gets very experimental at times as well as bringing clean singing into some parts of the songs and the music also mixes in a lot of symphonic black metal elements and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and some songs also bring in elements of ambient and electronic music while some of the riffing also adds in a touch of prog metal and as the album progresses the music starts mixing in more elements of jazz and spoken word samples as well as male and female choirs are also brought in at times and when the music speeds up briefly a small amount of blast beats can be heard and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are very dark and melodic sounding.
AtoruM plays a musical style that is very heavily rooted in black metal but also mixes in folk, experimental and avant garde music to create a very original sounding recording, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in German, English, French, Spanish, Latin and Russian and cover dark themes.
In my opinion AtoruM are a very great sounding avant garde black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Menschsein" "Amapolas" and "Equipartition". 8 out of 10.