Mazikeen are a band from Australia that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a symphonic mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "The Solace Of Death" which was released as a joint effort between Satanath Records and Iron, Blood And Death Corporation.
Dark soundscapes start off the album along with some drum beats and whispered vocals before going into a heavier direction. The music also adds in a great amount of symphonic elements while the riffs also add in a lot of melody and the vocals also bring in a mixture of black metal screams and death metal growls.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can also be heard while a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Spoken word parts can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with the music also being very heavily rooted in the 90's but modern at the same time. Some tracks also add in a small amount of clean vocals as well as one track also introducing classical guitars onto the recording.
Harsh noises can also be heard briefly and as the album progresses a couple of instrumentals can also be heard and the album closes with some Mayhem, Dissection, Dimmu Borgir and Darkthrone covers and re doing Freezing Moon and Transylvanian Hunger in 2020 is completely useless and there original material is good enough to the point where they have no need in covering these songs. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover destroying souls, death and darkness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Mazikeen and if you are a fan of symphonic black and death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Solace Of Death" "Fratricide" and "Cerulean Last Night". 8 out of 10.