Aethyr are a band from Moscow, Russia that has been featured before in this zine and played a blackened mixture of drone, sludge and doom metal while this recording shows more of a melodic black/death metal style and this is a review of their 2015 ep "Cruor" which was released by Zero Hour Recordings.
Distorted sounding drones start off the album along with some heavy riffing and melodic guitar leads a few seconds later while all of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and when the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard.
Vocals are mostly grim black metal screams while the slower sections of the songs mix in elements of sludge and doom metal along with the riffs also bringing in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies as well as some death metal growls also being used at times and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
On this recording Aethyr goes into more of a melodic blackened death metal direction while style keeping in some elements of drone, sludge and doom metal, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Occultism and Esoteric Discipline themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Aethyr and if you are a fan of melodic black/death, sludge and doom metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACK "VI". 8 out of 10.