Withering Soul are a band from Chicago, Illinois that has been featured before in this zine and plays a melodic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Adverse Portrait" which will be released in June by Mortal Music.
Avant garde sounds and synths start off the album along with some melodic guitar leads a few seconds later that dominate throughout the recording and after the intro the music gets a lot more heavier while still using melodies as well as adding blast beats into certain sections if the recording and grim black metal screams.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the band also mixes the melodic styles of black and death metal together and the music also bring s in deep growls and times along with a great amount of symphonic elements and some of the tracks also use a small amount of clean singing vocals which also gives the music more of a gothic atmosphere and some of the heavier riffs also show an influence of thrash and as the album progresses a brief use of clean playing is added onto a couple of tracks before returning back to a heavier direction and there are also a couple of tracks that are very long and epic in length.
Withering Soul creates a melodic black metal album that also incorporates a decent amount of symphonic elements along with some goth, thrash and death metal influences to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Ghosts, Horror, The Paranormal and Death themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Withering Soul and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "No Longer Within" "Hour Of Obstinacy" and "In Absence". 8 out of 10.