Under Siege are a band from Italy that plays a mixture of melodic black/death and folk metal and this is a review of their self titled and self released 2018 album.
Bagpipes start off the album and also mixes in with the heavier sections of the songs while melodic chants are also used briefly along with the riffs also using a great amount of melody as well as some symphonic elements also being used briefly and the vocals are mostly screams that add in a touch of black metal.
Melodic pagan vocals can also be heard at times on some of the tracks while battle sounds can also be heard briefly along with the solos and leads also bringing in a great amount of melody and when acoustic guitars are utilized they bring in elements of folk music as well as the faster sections of the songs bringing in a decent amount of blast beats.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts While the music also incorporates elements of death and doom metal and as the album progresses a brief use of spoken word parts can also be heard along with the vocals also adding in a small amount of growls and a couple of the tracks are long and epic in length.
Under Siege plays a musical style that takes melodic black/death metal and mixes it with folk metal and some elements of doom and power metal to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover stories of courage, rebellion, tales of lost worlds, journeys to uncharted territories and drinking themes.
In my opinion Under Siege are a very great sounding mixture of melodic black/death and folk metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Warrior I Am" "Invaders" and "Bright Star of Midnight". 8/5 out of 10.