Arsantiqva are a band from Brooklyn, New York that plays a epic and symphonic form of black'n'roll and this is a review of their 2018 album "Scavengers" which was released by Mors Lucerna Records.
A very dark, heavy and epic sound starts off the album along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams while the keyboards when they are utilized also gives the songs more of a symphonic feeling.
A decent amount of Norwegian influences can also be heard in the bands musical style while the riffs also bring in a decent amount of melody. Choirs can also be heard in certain sections of the recording as well as some deep growls also being utilized at times and the songs also mix in a great amount of black'n'roll elements.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can also be heard as well as the songs also adding in decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When female vocals are utilized they also give the music more of an operatic feeling and grooves can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing and leads. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics dystopian philosophy and post apocalyptic themes.
In my opinion Arsantiqva are a very great sounding symphonic black'n'roll band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "They" "Dominion" "Scavengers Of Salvation" and "Ultra Black". 8 out of 10.