Netherbird are a band from Sweden that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a symphonic and melodic mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2017 compilation "Hymns From Realms Yonder" which will be released in April by Black Lodge Records.
A heavy guitar sound starts off the compilation along with some symphonic elements and high pitched black metal screams a few seconds later while death metal growls are also utilized at times and melodic chanting can also be heard at times along with the solos and leads also using a great amount of melody.
A great amount of melody can be heard in the guitar riffing and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and a touch of 90's era gothic black metal can also be heard in certain sections of the recording.
Some tracks also bring in a small amount of violins while the slower riffs are very heavily influenced by doom metal. and all of the musical instruments sounds very powerful and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and as the compilation progresses spoken word parts are introduced into the music and there are also a couple of instrumental tracks while acoustic guitars can also be heard briefly and one tacks also adds in a brief use of melodic singing and they also bring in Sentenced. Paradise Lost, and Annihilator covers.
On this compilation Netherbird takes some songs from different eras with some tracks being in the melodic and symphonic black/death metal direction while some tracks have a more goth/doom metal style to them, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover darkness and struggles themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding collection of songs from Netherbird and if you are a fan of symphonic and melodic black/death metal, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sculptors And Spectres" "Born Defiant" "Nightwards" and "Alison hell". 8 out of 10.