A Cunning Man are a solo project from Scotland that plays a mixture of black, melodic death, power and progressive metal and this is a review of his self released 2017 ep "Practical Applications Of Theurgy".
Tremolo picking which gives the music a black metal feeling starts off the ep along with some clean singing that adds in a touch of pagan and power metal and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard and keyboards are also added into some parts of the songs while also adding in a touch of prog.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and stringed instruments are also used at times and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and all of the drum beats are programmed and the music also mixes metal influences from the 80's up to modern times and spoken word parts are added onto the last track.
A Cunning Man plays a musical style that takes the aggression of black and melodic death metal and mixes it with the melody of power and progressive metal to create something very original, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover Occultism themes.
In my opinion A Cunning Man are a very great sounding mixture of black, melodic death, power and progressive metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Honorious & The Choral Forecast". 8 out of 10.