Battlesoul are a band from Ontario, Canada that plays a very brutal and melodic form of Celtic blackened death metal with a touch of folk and power metal and this is a review of their 2018 album "Sunward And Starward" which will be released in February by CDN Records.
A very fast and brutal sound starts off the album along with a great amount of blast beats while power metal style vocals and melodic riffing are added onto the recording a few seconds later along with the solos and leads also using a great amount of melody as well as the music also mixing in Celtic folk music elements.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the tremolo picking brings in elements of black metal along with some atmospheric sounding keyboards as well as some screams and death metal growls also being used at times as well as some of the tracks being very long and epic in length, some songs also bring in a small amount of female vocals and as the album progresses acoustic guitars and clean playing can also be heard briefly.
Battlesoul plays a musical style that takes melodic black and brutal death metal and mixes it with folk and power metal to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Celtic Themes and History.
In my opinion Battlesoul are a very great sounding melodic and brutal mixture of black, death, folk and power metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "All I Understand" "The Watcher" "The loss Of Sons" and "Break The Day". 8/3 out of 10.