Otoño are a band from California that plays a very melodic form of melodic black/death metal with some progressive and thrash elements and this is a review of their self released 2008 album "Ghosts Of Smoke".
Drums range from slow, mid paced drumming with not much in the way of fast playing or blast beats being present on this recording, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful sound with heavy riffing that dominates throughout the recording, as for the synths when they are utilized they bring a very dark and atmospheric sound to the recording.
Rhythm guitars range from slow to mid paced riffs that combine melodic death, black, thrash and progressive metal together to create a sound of their own with some soft and clean playing being utilized at times, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding death metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use full chords and finger picking to add more progressive touches to the recording.
Vocals are mostly deep death/black metal growls with some movie samples being utilized at times as well as some thrash style vocals, while the lyrics cover dark themes, as for the production it has a very strong,powerful and heavy sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on t his recording with a couple of songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Otoño are a very great sounding hybrid of melodic death, black, progressive and thrash metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ghosts Of Smoke" "The Omen" "Cannibal Jesus" and "Under A Grey Autumn Sky". RECOMMENDED BUY.