Fausttophel are a band from Ukraine that has been featured before in this zine and plays a melodic mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Santa Simplicitas" which was released by Another Side Records.
A very dark keyboard intro along with some spoken word samples start off the album before going into more of a heavier musical direction along with some. melodic guitar leads and symphonic elements and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking make their presence known on the recording.
Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while a great amount of death metal growls can also be heard and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and you can also hear a great amount of melody in the guitar riffing and spoken word parts also return at times.
Elements of thrash can be heard in some of the guitar riffing and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and there is also a brief use of classical guitars as the album progresses along with a brief use of folk instruments while a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length while a alter song uses melodic singing and they close the album with a cover of Edge of Sanity's "Black Tears".
Fausttophel creates another recording that takes symphonic and melodic black metal and mixes it in with death metal to create a very dark yet heavy recording, the production sounds very professional while t he lyrics are written in Ukrainian and cover dark themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Fausttophel and if you are a fan of symphonic and melodic black/death metal, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Die Cavities" "Sick Earth" "Song Of The Leper" and "Black tears". 8 out of 10.