Hortus Animae are a band from Italy that plays a very progressive, symphonic and avant garde form of black metal and this is a review of their live 2018 album "Piove Sangue - Live In Banska Bystrica" which was released by Metal Scrap Records.
Avant garde sounds start off the album along with all of the music being recorded live and also mix in with the heavier sections of the songs while the faster sections of the songs also use a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats as well as the vocals also using a great amount of black metal screams.
Clean vocals and death metal growls are also used at times along with the music also bringing in a great amount of symphonic elements while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as the solos and leads being done in a very progressive yet melodic fashion.
Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length while some tracks also show a goth metal influence along with all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the closing track also brings in some quest vocals from the singer of Canada's Necronomicon which is also a cover version of Slayer's "Raining Blood".
Hortus Animae plays a style of black metal that is very avant garde, symphonic and progressive sounding along with some goth touches, the production has a very raw and live sound while the lyrics cover Surrealism, Death and Sadness themes.
In my opinion Hortus Animae are a very great sounding symphonic, avant garde and progressive black metal b and and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this live album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Chamber Of Endless Nightmares" and "There's no Sanctuary". 8 out of 10.