Germany's solo project Bloodred has returned with a new recording which continues the melodic style of blackened death metal from his previous releases and this is a review of his self released 2020 album "The Raven's Shadow" which will be released in May.
Dark soundscapes start off the album before going into a heavier direction while a couple of tracks are also very long and epic in length. Death metal growls can also be heard quite a bit throughout the recording as well as some blackened screams also being utilized on all of the tracks.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can also be heard while the riffs also add in a great amount of melody. Clean playing is also added on a couple of the tracks along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them. Tremolo picking can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style
On this album Bloodred remains very true to the melodic style of blackened death metal that he has established on his previous releases. The production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover feat, anger, solitude and loneliness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Bloodred and if you are a fan of melodic and blackened death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Raven's Shadow" "Blood On Thy Hands" "Shadow Warrior" and "The Northstar Whispers (To The Blacksmith's Son)". 8 out of 10.