Apocryfal are a band from Finland that plays a blackened form of death metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Crushing Black Death" which was released by Mara Productions.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody. Vocals are mostly death metal growls that also have a semi guttural tone at times but closer to the old school style and when the music speeds up a great amount of brutal sounding blast beats can be heard.
Elements of black metal can also be heard quite a bit throughout the recording in some of the riffing and vocals while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. The music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's style as well as one track also adding a brief use of spoken word samples onto the recording and touches of doom/death metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the songs.
Apocryfal plays a style of blackened death metal that is very heavily rooted in the 90's era. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in a mixture of Finnish and English and cover death, mythology and religion themes.
In my opinion Apocryfal 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 "Truth Has No Confines" "Grievance Part II" and "Crushinf Black Death". 8 out of 10.