Gilgamesh are a band from Germany that plays a blackened form of death metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "The Awakening".
A very dark and epic sound starts off the album along with some synths and after the intro guitars start to kick in and the music starts going for more of a brutal death metal sound along with some blast beats before adding in melody and blackened death metal growls onto the recording which also leads up to more black metal influences being added into the bands musical style.
When solos and leads are added onto the recording they are in more of a melodic musical direction and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and after awhile acoustic guitars can be heard in certain sections of the recording along with some exotic scales being utilized at times as well as a brief instrumental towards the end of the recording and they bring a very dark atmosphere into the bands musical sound.
There is a good mixture between slow, mid paced and fast parts present throughout this recording and at times the vocals start adding in clean singing while still having more of an aggressive take on that style of vocals and as the album progresses the black metal elements start to get more powerful while the band still keeps around their death metal roots and on one of the tracks they bring a touch of modern metal into their musical arsenal and the last track is very long and epic in length.
Gilgamesh takes a musical style that is equally influenced by both black and death metal and they mix it in with a great amount of melody along with a touch of thrash and talented guitar playing to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover Sumerian Mythology, History and Occultism.
In my opinion Gilgamesh are a very great sounding blackened death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Astaroth" "Aeon's Of Hate" and "The Curse of Akkade". 8 out of 10.