Descent Into Maelstrom are a band from Italy that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a very melodic and progressive mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Iconoclasm" which will be released on March 25th by Club Inferno Ent. .
Acoustic guitar playing starts off the album while folk instruments can also be heard briefly before going into a heavier direction. Vocals are a mixture of blackened metal screams and death metal growls while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of blast beats.
The riffs also utilize a great amount of melody while the tracks also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. At times the music also gets very progressive sounding along with the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style as well as the songs also bringing in a decent mixture of both old school and modern influences.
There are also two instrumental tracks presented on the recording along with a couple of the songs also being long and epic in length. As the album progresses a brief use of synths can also be heard and acoustic guitars also return in some parts of the music. spoken word parts can also be heard briefly on the closing song. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover life, death, consciousness and dram themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Descent Into Maelstrom and if you are a fan of melodic and progressive black and death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Misanthrope" "Forgotten Wisdom" and "The Portal Of The Elsewhere". 8 out of 10.