Psalm Zero are a duo from New York that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording moves way from the black and death metal influences of previous releases while keeping the experimental and industrial elements which they mix in with doom metal, goth and indie rock and this is a review of their 2020 album "Sparta" which will be released in February by Lat Things Records.
A very dark, heavy and melodic sound starts off the album while all of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them. Clean vocals are also added into some parts of the recording along with the slower sections of the songs also bringing in elements of doom metal.
Synths are also utilized quite a bit throughout the recording while the music also brings in touches of gothic and indie rock at times. The programmed drum beats also give the songs more of an industrial feeling as well as some of the tracks also being very long and epic in length.
Clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the album as well as the songs also adding in more mid tempo sections as the album progresses, operatic vocals are also added on a later track and they also bring in an acoustic instrumental. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover emotional, personal, political and social themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Psalm Zero and while some fans of the older material might not like that they moved away from the death and black metal elements of previous releases, I can see this album finding a crowd among fans of experimental, goth, indie rock and doom metal. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Open Wound" "Return To Stone" and "A Pill". 8 out of 10.