Vanhelgd are a band from Sweden that h as been around for awhile and goes into more of a blackened doom/death metal direction on this recording and this is a review of their 2016 album "Temple Of Phobos" which will be released in July as a joint effort by Dark Descent Records and Pulverised Records.
A very dark, heavy and melodic sound starts off the album and after a few seconds death metal growls are added onto the recording while all of the musical instruments also sound very powerful and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard and the songs also mix in a great amount of 90's influences.
A great amount of black metal elements can be heard throughout the recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the solos and leads remain very true to a dark style of death metal and some songs bring in atmospheric elements and a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length and acoustic guitars along with female vocals are added onto the last track.
Vanhelgd expands their musical sound on this recording while still remaining true to their death metal roots they expand their style by mixing it in with elements of black and doom metal, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover death, anti religion and horror themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Vanhelgd and if you are a fan of black, doom and death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Lamentations Of the Mortals" "Temples Of phobos" and "Rejoice in Humanity". 8 out of 10.