Vargrav are a solo project from Finland that has been featured before in this zine and plays an old school form of symphonic black metal and this is a review of his 2019 album "Reign In Supreme Darkness" which will be released on April 26th by Werewolf Records.
A very dark and ritualistic sounding intro starts off the album while also introducing symphonic elements onto the recording which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music. During the faster sections of the songs a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard.
Vocals are mostly grim black metal screams while the riffs also bring in a decent amount of melody. Clean vocals and spoken word parts can also be heard briefly along with the songs also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style.
Most of the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's era while clean guitars can also be heard briefly on a couple of tracks as the album progresses and the closing track is very long and epic in length. The production sounds very old school while the lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism, hatred and Misanthropy themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Vargrav and if you are a fan of old school symphonic black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Glory Of Eternal Night" "As The Shadows Grow Silent" and "Arcane Stargazer". 8 out of 10.