Brotthogg are a band from Norway that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a melodic and progressive mixture of black, death and thrash metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "The Die Is Cast" which will be released in August.
Cinematic sounds start off the album before going into a heavier and faster musical direction which also uses a great amount of blast beats. Vocals are mostly black metal screams along with some groove metal style vocals also being used at times and the riffs also add in a great amount of melody.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while synths can be heard in certain sections of the recording. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style along with the music also get very progressive sounding at times.
All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with some death metal growls also being utilized at times as well as the guitar riffing also adding in elements of thrash metal, tremolo picking can also be heard in some of the faster riffing and one track also introduces clean playing onto the recording. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover misanthropy, the writings of Dante and philosophy themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Brotthogg and if you are a fan of melodic and progressive black, death and thrash metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nokturne" "Draugen" and "Iacta Alea Est". 8 out of 10.