Creature are a solo project from France that plays a very progressive, symphonic and avant garde form of black metal and this is a review of his 2020 album "Ex Cathedra" which will be released in June by I, Voidhanger Records.
Avant garde style keyboards start off the album and also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music at times. when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic and progressive while the music also mixes in a great amount of symphonic and classical music elements.
Blast beats can also be heard during the faster sections of the songs while the vocals are done in a very aggressive sounding black metal screams along with a few deep death metal growls. Horns are also mixed in with the more brutal parts of the music at times as well as a great portion of the tracks being very long and epic in length.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the music also having a great amount of 90's influences which they also mix in with a more modern style. Operatic vocals can also be heard on some of the tracks as well as all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
One of the later songs is also an instrumental as well as some of the riffing also adding in some dissonant structures. Elements of 60's to 80's French pop can also be heard in some parts of the recording and as the album progresses a brief use of violins, acoustic gutiars and hip hop style vocals can also be heard briefly. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in a mixture of French and and cover poetic, metaphysical and occult themes.
In my opinion Creature are a very great sounding progressive, avant garde and symphonic black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fugue en Sol Mineur" "Note Anticosmique" and "Ethemellement". 8 out of 10.