Antipope are a band from Finland that plays a very melodic and progressive mixture of black and death metal with some elements of gothic and doom metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Denial/Survival" which was released by TCM Entertainment.
Prog rock elements start off the album along with a mixture of both clean and melodic riffing before going into more of a heavier musical direction while also keeping the progressive elements and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are presented on the recording.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion while the vocals are mostly grim yet high pitched black metal screams along with some blast beats also being utilized at times and clean vocals are also utilized at times and some tracks also bring in acoustic guitars.
A couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length while some of the slower riffs also add in a touch of atmospheric doom metal along with some of the fast riffs also adding in a small amount of tremolo picking and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, death metal growls are also utilized at times and spoken word parts can also be heard briefly and on the closing track a small amount of flamenco guitars can be heard.
Antipope plays a musical style that is mostly rooted in progressive and melodic black/death metal while the goth and doom metal elements gives the songs more originality, the production sound s very professional while the lyrics cover self discovery, death and rebirth themes.
In my opinion Antipope are a very great sounding melodic and progressive mixture of black, death and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Waters Below" "Der Sadist" "An Unconditional Ritual To Summon The Prince" and "Resolution". 8 out of 10.