Totengott are a band from Spain that has had an album reviewed before in this zine and plays a mixture of black, doom and thrash metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "The Abyss" which was released by Xtreem Music.
Dark soundscapes start off the album while clean playing can also be heard in some parts of the music. Elements of doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the songs while most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording.
Orchestra sounds are also brought into the music briefly ion a couple of the tacks while the vocals are done in an angry shouting style that is very heavily influenced by Celtic Frost. Elements of black and death metal are also utilized quite a bit throughout the recording and when the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can also be heard.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the riffs also bringing in a decent amount of melody. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic and old school style and as the album progresses dark soundscapes also make a brief return on a couple of tracks and towards the end a brief use of operatic female vocals can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover mental illness, occult and darkness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Totengott and if you are a fan of black, doom and thrash metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ceremony II, The Way Of Sin" and "Doppleganger II, The Abyss". 8 out of 10.