Raspberry Bulbs are a band from New York that plays a mixture of black metal and occult punk and this is a review of their 2020 album "Before The Age Of Mirrors" which will be released in February by Relapse Records.
A very heavy and old school punk rock influenced sound starts off the album while synths are also added into some parts of the recording. All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with the vocals also adding in more of an aggressive spoken and screaming hardcore style.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic and dark post punk style. The music also brings in a great amount of 70's and 80's influences but done in more of a modern style while also mixing in some elements of black metal as well as one of the interludes also introducing percussion and ethnic instruments onto the recording.
All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them as well as the riffs also adding in a decent amount of melody along with the music also having its experimental and avant garde moments, clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording. The production sounds very dark and lo-fi while the lyrics cover Occultism, Weird Fiction and the writings of H.P Lovecraft.
In my opinion Raspberry Bulbs are a very great sounding mixture of black metal and occult punk and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Spitting From On High" "Doggeral" "Midnight Line" and "Given over To History". 8 out of 10.