Astriferous are a band from Costa Rica that plays a mixture of blackened death metal and grindcore and this is a review of their 2020 ep "The Lower Levels Of Sentience" which will be released in August by Me Saco Un Ojo.
Horror orientated soundscapes start off the ep before going into more of a darker and heavier musical direction. Vocals are mostly death metal growls while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of grindcore elements and blast beats and the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's era.
Black metal screams can also be heard in some parts of the music while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very dark yet old school style along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them and the whole ep also sticks to a heavier musical direction.
Astriferous plays a musical style that goes back to the early 90's era of black, death metal and grindcore and mixes them together to create a sound of their own. The production sounds very old school while the lyrics cover occultism, tantra, cosmic horror, existentialism and death themes.
In my opinion Astriferous are a very great sounding mixture of blackened death metal and grindcore and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Exercises In Tantric Sorcery" and "Necrohallucination". 8 out of 10.