Exaltation are a band from New Zealand that plays a blackened form of death metal with some elements of doom metal and this is a review of their 2022 album "Under Blind Reasoning" which will be released in July by Sentient Ruin Laboratories.
A very dark yet heavy sound starts off the album while the slower sections of the songs also bring in elements of doom metal. Vocals are a mixture of death metal growls and black metal screams along with the faster sections of the tracks also adding in a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking.
Dark sounding melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing while the music also adds in a great amount of 90's influences. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them, when guitar solos and leads are finally utilized they are also done in a very dark style and the whole recording also sticks to a heavier direction.
Exaltation plays a style of blackened death metal that is very heavily rooted in the 90's era as well as adding in a touch of doom/death metal to create a sound of their own. The production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover chaos and the downfall of society.
In my opinion Exaltation are a very great sounding blackened death metal band with elements of doom/death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Iron Rebellion" "Fate Revolt" and "Divider of Redemption". 8 out of 10.