Counting Hours are a band from Finland that plays a mixture of black, doom, goth metal and dark depressive rock and this is a review of their 2020 album "The Will" which will be released in October by The Vinyl Division.
Rain and thunder sounds start off the album along with some clean playing a few seconds later before going into a heavier goth metal direction. The riffs also add in a decent amount of depressive sounding melodies while clean vocals are also a very huge part of the recording and black metal screams can also be heard at times.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style while the slower sections of the songs also bring in elements of doom metal. Death metal growls can also be heard in some parts of the recording along with the music also adding in a great amount of 90's influences.
All of the musical instruments on the album also have a very powerful sound to them along with clean playing also returning on some of the later songs as well as one track also introducing whispered vocals onto the recording and all of the music sticks to either a slow or mid tempo direction. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover depressive and melancholic themes.
In my opinion Counting Hours are a very great sounding mixture of black, doom, gothic metal and dark depressive rock and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Will" "To Exit All False" "Buried In The White" and "Among The Pines We'll Die". 8 out of 10.