Formicarius are a band from the United Kingdom that has been featured before in this zine and plays a symphonic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Black Mass Ritual" which will be released in July by Schwardorn Productions.
A very heavy and symphonic sound starts off the album along with the riffs also m using a great amount of melody and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be hear while the vocals a re mostly grim black metal screams along with a few growls and all of the musical instruments sound very powerful.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic fashion and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the solos and leads also demonstrate a great amount of talent and skill along with clean playing along with a small amount of acoustic guitars rare added into certain sections of the recording.
Formicarius plays a style of black metal that is very melodic and symphonic sounding while also demonstrating a great amount of talent and skill, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover darkness and occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Formicarius and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Lake Of The Dead" "Under Darkness" and "Master Of The Past And Present". 8 out of 10.