Concrete Icon are a band from Finland that plays a mixture of black, death, doom and sludge metal and this is a review of their 2015 compilation album "Through Agonizing Past" which was released by Black Vulture Records.
A very dark, heavy and melodic doom metal sound starts off the compilation along with some solos and leads that also use a great amount of melody before adding in death metal growls and black metal screams and clean singing can also be heard in the music at times and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Some of the riffs add in a 90's Swedish death metal feeling while some of the slower riffs bring in the heaviness of sludge and when the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can be heard and as the compilation progresses some of the songs also start bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while some songs also bring in a small amount of clean playing while a later track brings in a small amount of keyboards.
Concrete Icon plays a musical style that is mostly rooted in a more melodic style of doom/death metal while the influence of black and sludge metal can be heard at times, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover death, darkness, sorrow, suffering and apocalypse themes.
In my opinion Concrete Icon are a very great sounding mixture of black, doom, death and sludge metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Flood Of Darkened Thoughts" "Desecrating The Throne" "Standing At the Mass Graves" and "Summoned From The Sleeping World". 8 out of 10.