Orquilux are a band from Italy that has recently been featured in this zine and on this recording plays a symphonic and melodic mixture of black and folk metal and this is a review of their self released 2019 album "The Desire To Vanish Myself".
A very dark sounding prologue starts off the album while also introducing stringed instruments and synths onto the recording which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music. Vocals bring in a mixture of black metal screams and death metal growls as well as some clean vocals also being utilized at times.
Elements of doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the songs while the acoustic guitars when they are utilized show an influence of folk music. Flutes and Celtic instruments can also be heard at times as well as the music also having its progressive moments and symphonic sounds are also mixed into some of the heavier sections of the recording.
When the music speeds up on a couple of songs a small amount of blast beats can also be heard but keeping the focus more on a slow or mid tempo style along with some of the tracks being instrumentals. The production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover sorrow, love, anger, nostalgia and happiness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Orquilux and if you are a fan of symphonic, melodic and progressive black and folk metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Strange Feeling" "Trying To Reach" and "The Bell Tower". 8 out of 10.