Netherbird are a band from Sweden that has had a decent amount of material reviewed before by this zine and on this recording played a very melodic and symphonic style of black metal and this is a review of t heir 2008 album "The Ghost Collector" which was re-issued in 2017 by Black Lodge Records.
Symphonic sounding keyboards start off the album along with some spoken word parts a few seconds later before going into a heavier and more melodic direction as well as mixing the symphonic and heavy parts together and after awhile grim black metal screams make their presence known.
Death metal growls can also be heard at times while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic fashion and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording and elements of goth and doom metal are also utilized at times and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard,
Throughout the recording you can hear a a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some tracks also add in a small amount of clean vocals while classical guitars are also used briefly along with some of the tracks also being very long and epic in length and one track also adds in a small amount of rain and thunder sounds and some of the songs are instrumentals and as the album progresses female vocals can also be heard briefly along with one song also adding in clean male vocals.
Netherbird played a style of black metal on this recording that was very melodic and symphonic while the death, doom and goth metal elements made the songs stand out a lot more, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover darkness and struggles themes.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding recording from Netherbird and if you are a fan of melodic and symphonic black metal, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Blackest Breed" "Lighthouse Eternal (Laterna Magika)" "Forever Mournful" and "Boulevard Black". 8 out of 10.