Selcouth are a international band with members from France, Finland, Spain and Argentina that plays a mixture of avant garde and black metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Heart Id The Star Of Chaos" which will be released in June by I, Voidhanger Records.
Operatic vocals start off the album along with some powerful bass guitars and grim whispers a few seconds later and a few seconds later clean guitars and ambient style synths are added into the recording along with the music getting more experimental and avant garde and the riffs also use a great amount of melody.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic yet progressive style and the faster sections of the songs also add in a small amount of blast beats while and the music also mixes in a great amount of jazz elements and as the album progresses female vocals can also be heard in certain sections of the recording.
Some songs also add in touches of post rock while also mixing in some influences from t he 90's Norwegian era of avant garde black metal and also mixing in a great amount of keyboards and the last track is very long and epic in length and introduces touches of classical music onto the recording as well as a brief use of grim black metal screams.
Selcouth plays a musical style that is rooted in the 90's Norwegian style of avant garde black metal while mostly avoiding the more harsh vocals and adding in elements of jazz, progressive and post rock to create something very original, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover the poems of Jukka Ylisuvanto.
In my opinion Selcouth are a very great sounding avant garde metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Strange Before The Calm" "Querencia" and "Rusticus". 8 out of 10.