Asura where a band from Italy that played a symphonic and gothic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2009 demo "Only Death For my Warriors" which was re-issued in 2016 by Masked Dead Records.
Melodic chanting starts off the demo before going into more of a heavy and symphonic musical direction and a few seconds later grim black metal screams make their presence known on the recording and the riffs also use a great amount of melody and most of the tracks are long and epic in length.
Death metal growls can be heard in certain sections of the recording while the keyboards bring in the atmosphere of a gothic horror soundtrack and when solos and leads are utilized they remain true to a very melodic musical style while choirs can also be heard in the music at times along with a small amount of clean playing and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and there is also a brief use of melodic vocals and the music sticks mostly to either a slow or mid paced musical direction while a brief use of fast playing and blast beats are added onto the last track.
Asura played a style of black metal that was very symphonic while being more dark and underground than most bands of that genre and also adding in a touch of goth and death metal which makes the music stand out a bit more, the production has a very dark demo sound to it while the lyrics cover darkness, death and hate themes.
In my opinion Asura where a very great sounding symphonic gothic/black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Escape From Death". 8 out of 10.