This is a review of a joint effort between St. Louis, Missouri's The Lions Daughter and Indian Blanket which is called "A Black Sea" and released by Good Die Young Music and the music is a mixture of black metal, sludge, doom, blues and folk.
"Wolves" which is also the first song on the album opens up with soft acoustic guitar playing along with some clean singing vocals a few seconds later along with some violins and other folk music instruments and then the drums and heavy guitars kick in as well as the music alternating between soft and heavy parts as well as adding in aggressive sounding screams.
"First First" begins with some drone soundscapes before adding in heavy guitar riffs and drums and then going into a cleaner direction for a few seconds and adding in violins which also leads to the song alternating between heavy and soft parts and you can also hear bass guitar in the background and after awhile t he guitar riffing starts utilizing some melody and spoken word parts are added in along with some aggressive screams a few seconds later and as time goes on by there is a brief use of mandolins and melodic clean singing vocals and as the song moves on there is a brief use of guitar leads being utilized.
"Swam" kicks in with dark ambient drone style sounds along with violins and folk instruments and a minute later fast black metal guitar riffs and blast beats from the drums kick in along with some aggressive screams and then the music slows down for a bit and then alternates between fast and slow parts as well as bringing in melodic vocals at times and halfway through the song the guitar riffing starts getting more melodic which also leads to the clean parts returning while also remaining heavy at the same time.
"Song For The Devil" opens up with soft acoustic guitar folk playing and a few seconds later folk instruments and melodic vocals kick in and there are no heavy guitars or aggressive vocals present in the song.
"Timeless Waters" starts up with folk instruments and acoustic guitars as well as adding in some distorted parts and after a couple of minutes elements of post rock are added into the song and the music is all instrumental.
"Sea Of Trees" makes it way in with heavy and melodic guitar and bass riffs along with some drums before adding in deep sludge style growls and then the music speeds up a bit along with some blast beats and guitar leads while also focusing more on a mid paced direction and after awhile melodic vocals are also added in
"That Place" is introduced with soft folk rock style acoustic guitars and a few seconds later violins along with other folk instruments are added in and after a couple of minutes melodic clean singing vocals are added into the song and halfway through the song drum beats and heavy guitar riffs are added in.
"Moonshiner" which is also the last song on the album begins with some acoustic guitar playing along with some melodic clean singing vocals a few seconds later and as time moves on by blues style guitar leads start coming in and out along with violins and folk instruments.
Song lyrics cover dark, apocalyptic and alcohol themes, while the production has a very strong, heavy and dark sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding joint effort between The Lions Daughter and Indian Blanket and if you are a fan of black metal, doom, sludge, and folk music, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Wolves" "Swam" and "Sea Of Trees". RECOMMENDED BUY.