Zardens are a band from Belgium that plays a melodic mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Blackness Unfolds" which was released as a joint effort between Satanath Records and Death Portal Studio.
Clean guitar playing starts off the album and invokes a very dark atmosphere before adding in melodic guitar leads that start becoming a very huge part of the recording and spoken word parts can also be heard at times when the music starts getting heavier you can hear a lot of melodies and elements of thrash.
Vocals are mostly grim black metal screams and you can also hear a death metal influence in the music while the fast parts also use a great amount of blast beats and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording along with a few growls and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the music goes back to the 80's styles of melodic Swedish black and death metal and clean playing also makes a return in certain sections of the recording and they close the album with an instrumental track.
Zardens plays a musical style that goes back to the more melodic sides of the 90's black and death metal genres and also add in a touch of thrash and some modern blackened death metal elements to create a style of their own, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover obsession with death and the dark side of human nature.
In my opinion Zardens are a very great sounding melodic mixture of black and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Berserker" "Slave To The Moon" "Lifeblood" and "Among The Dead". 8 out of 10.