Antipope are a band from Finland that has been featured before in this zine and plays a melodic and progressive mixture of black and death metal with some elements of goth, industrial and doom metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Apostle Of Infinite Joy" which was released by Fertile Crescent Productions.
Atmospheric sounding synths start off the album along with some clean playing a few seconds later which also gives the music more of a progressive feeling. All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while whispered vocals are also utilized briefly.
A great amount of melody can also be heard in the heavier guitar riffing while the vocals are also done in a grim black metal style. Some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length along with the music also adding in a great amount of prog metal elements as well as some death metal growls also being utilized at times.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard as well as the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Some songs also mix in some influences of industrial, goth and traditional metal as well as the slower sections of the music also being very heavily rooted in doom metal, spoken word parts can also be heard briefly and at times the vocals also add in a semi melodic tone. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover occultism and self realization in an esoteric and metaphoric sense.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Antipope and if you are a fan of melodic and progressive black, doom and death metal, you should check out t his album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Harbringer Of Dawn" "Red Goddess" and "Serpent Of Old". 8 out of 10.