Luke Offield is a solo artist from Columbia, Missouri that plays a mixture of melodic black/death metal, country, jazz and post rock and this is a review of his self released 2014 album "Wakings".
The album starts out with gothic horror sounding keyboards and rain sounds before going into a more melodic black metal direction along with some grim screams as well as bringing in some death metal elements and after awhile solos and prog elements are added into the track.
On the following song the music goes for more of a post rock direction while still having elements of metal and the song is all instrumental along with a good amount of melody and a small amount of solos and when it goes into the next track the music starts going for more of a country rock sound along with a blues and rockabilly feeling.
The following track brings a more 80's new wave sound in along with some melodic vocals and the following track is a jazz instrumental and the last track sees the music making a return to melodic black metal while also having a psychedelic rock feeling as well as some death metal growls and grim screams.
With this album Luke Offield brings in a different sound to every track and does not follow any rules and creates an album that has no musical category while you can hear a good amount of metal elements along with a powerful sounding production where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Like Offield is a very great sounding mixture of black, death, post metal, rock, jazz and country and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo artist. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Death Ender" and "A Grand Conclusion Od A Minute existence". 8 out of 10.