Okrutnik are a band from Poland that plays a mixture of black, thrash and heavy metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Legion Antychrysta" which will be released in November by Ossuary Records.
Dark soundscapes and ethnic instruments start off the album before going into a heavier musical direction. The riffs also add in a great amount of melody while all of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them and the vocals are mostly blackened metal screams.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very old school style while also adding in more of an early 80's traditional metal style which is also mixed into a lot of the riffing. The music also mixes in a great amount of fist wave black and thrash metal elements along with a few tracks also introducing clean playing onto the recording.
Spoken word parts are also added on one of the tracks which also gives the music more of a ritualistic feeling as well as a couple of songs also adding in a brief use of blast beats and fast palying, a later song also introduces clean vocals onto the album and most of the music also sticks to either a slow or mid tempo direction. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Polish and cover Occultism and Darkness themes.
In my opinion Okrutnik are a very great sounding mixture of black, thrash and heavy metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Legion Antychrysta" "Noc Galicyjska" and "Wrzesniowe Popoludnine Rzeznika". 8 out of 10.
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