Lord Vampyr are a band from Italy that started out as more of a symphonic black metal but have evolved into more of goth and industrial metal direction on past releases before going into more of goth and traditional metal style and this is a review of their 2019 album "Death Comes Under The Sign Of The Cross" which was released by Sleaszy Rider Records.
Battle sounds start off the album along with some classical guitars and synths a few seconds later. A great amount of melody can also be heard in the guitar riffing while the vocals are done in a mostly clean style along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic style.
Some of the vocals also have some touches of heavy and power metal while some tracks also add in some synths. Spoken word parts can also be heard briefly and when the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can also be heard as well as the music also having a good mixture of 80's and 90's influences.
A touch of black metal can also be heard in some of the fast tremolo picking when it is utilized and as the album progresses a brief use of symphonic sounds can also be heard as well as the closing track being very long and epic in length. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Vampirism and Anti Religion themes.
In my opinion while Lord Vampyr have moved away from black or industrial metal they still bring in a great mixture of goth, dark and heavy metal and if would recommend this band to fans of those genres. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Death Comes Under The Sign of The Cross" "Iconoclast Heresy" and "Violent Awarness of the Absence Of God". 8 out of 10.
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