Katharos are a band from Italy that plays a symphonic mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Exuvian Heraldry" which will be released in March by Sliptrick Records.
Tragic sounding keyboards start off the album and after awhile they go into a heavier direction while also retaining the symphonic elements and clean playing can also be heard at times while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
Death metal growls re also utilized at times and the riffs also use a great amount of melody and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a few tracks being very long and epic in length and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style and the fast riffs also use a great amount of tremolo picking and one track also brings in a brief use of melodic chanting.
Katharos plays a style of black metal that is very symphonic in the mid 90's style while also adding in touches of death metal which also makes the music stand out a lot more, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Italian and English and cover Anti Christianity, Gnosticism, and Phenomenology themes.
In my opinion Katharos are a very great sounding symphonic 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 "Thy Fortress Of Regret" "Schaktet" and "Awakening Of The Converted". 8 out of 10.