Ars Onirca are a band from Italy that plays a mixture of black, dark and melodic doom/death metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "I: Cold" which was released by BadMoodMan Music.
A very dark sounding intro starts off the album along with some radio station and music samples before going into the first track. The slow riffs also bring in a great amount of doom metal elements while clean playing is also added into certain sections of the recording and the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody.
Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the vocals bring in some death metal growls and mix it with the semi melodic style of 90's era gothic/doom metal. Melodic singing can also be heard at times as well as the riffs also utilizing a great amount of melody.
Elements of black metal can also be heard quite a bit throughout the recording while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic style. Synths are also utilized on some of the tracks along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them, one track also introduces acoustic guitars and spoken word parts onto the recording.
Ocean sounds can also be heard briefly and when the music finally speeds up tremolo picking and blast beats are added onto the recording and as the album progresses they also bring in an instrumental. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover darkness themes.
In my opinion Ars Onirca are a very great sounding mixture of black, dark, and melodic doom/death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "In Between" "In Gloom" and "Dust". 8 out of 10.