Apes are a band from Quebec, Canada that plays a mixture of black metal, sludge, grind and hardcore and this is a review of their 2017 album "Lightless" which will be released in June by D71 Records.
Atmospheric drones start off the album before going into a very fast direction that uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats along with the vocals adding in a mixture of black metal screams and more traditional hardcore shouts and elements of grind are also used in the faster sections of the songs.
A lot of the slower riffing is heavily influenced by sludge along with the tracks also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the solos and leads are done in a very dark yet melodic fashion and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording and one track also adds in a brief use of clean singing.
Apes plays a musical style that takes black metal, grind, sludge and hardcore and mixes them together to create something original, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover dark and negative themes.
In my opinion Apes are a very great sounding mixture of black metal, grind, sludge and hardcore and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Asleep" "Vitric Persona" and "Oblivion". 8 out of 10.