Northwind Wolves are a band from Los Angeles, California that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays a very melodic and symphonic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Mountains And Darkness" which will be released in December by Black Lion Records.
Symphonic sounding keyboards start off the album and also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music. The riffs also add in a great amount of melody while the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams and when the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the music also adds in a decent amount of 90's influences. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style as well as some growls also being added into some parts of the album, all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them and as the album progresses a brief use of spoken word samples can also be heard.
On this recording Northwind Wolves remains true to the melodic and symphonic style of black metal that was established and previous releases. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Occultism, Winter, Death and Darkness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Northwind Wolves and if you are a fan of melodic and symphonic black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Lord Of Winter And Death" "Pale-Winter Storm Lightning" "Ludmilla The Witch" and "Curse Of Ages". 8 out of 10.