Russia/Ukraine's Fausttophel have returned with a new recording which shows the music going for a symphonic mixture of black, death and thrash metal from their previous releases and this is a review of their 2021 ep "Ultimum Lupus" which was released by Another Side Records.
The sounds of wolves start off the ep before going into a heavier musical direction while all of the instruments also sound very powerful. Vocals are done in mostly an angry shouting style that is more closer to thrash metal than previous releases along with the faster sections of the songs also adding in a great amount of blast beats.
Clean vocals can also be heard at times while the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style. Melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing along with some black metal screams also being utilized quite a bit throughout the recording recording as well as one of the tracks also b einf very long and epic in length.
Symphonic sounding keyboards can also be heard briefly along with one of the tracks also being very long and epic in length as well as some death metal growls also being utilized briefly, tremolo picking is also added into some of the faster riffing and the ep closes with a cover of Lunar Onlooker's "Burn, The Flame, By Shades of Time, Take The Winning Color! which also adds in a brief use of spoken word parts. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Fausttophel and if you are a fan of melodic and symphonic black, death and thrash metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Ultimum Lupus". 8 out of 10.