And Harmony Dies are a band from Italy that plays an avant garde form of black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Totenamt" which will be released in July by Sliptrick Records.
Nature sounds start off the album along with soem church bells before going into more of an avant garde direction which also shows violins being added onto the recording and after awhile it starts to mix in with a heavier sound which also introduces grim black metal screams onto the recording along with some symphonic elements.
A great amount of melody can be heard in the guitar riffing while elements of jazz can also be heard at times and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and you can also hear clean singing in the music at times along with death metal growls being used in some parts of the songs and some riffs also bring in elements of thrash, heavy and doom metal and traces of classical music are present throughout the recording while the solos and leads stick to a melodic musical direction.
When the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can be heard and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the songs also get very experimental at times and as the album progresses elements of goth can be heard while some songs also add in acoustic guitars, pianos and spoken word parts and a few of the tracks are very long and epic in length and later tracks start adding in traces of Middle Eastern music and on the last track operatic female and male vocals are brought onto the recording.
And Harmony Dies plays a style of black metal that is very avant garde and incorporates many elements from many different musical genres, to create something very original, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover suffering and agonizing themes.
In my opinion And Harmony Dies 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 "Sometimes" "Tears like Promises" "Another Ending Fairytale" and "The Cut". 8 out of 10.