Vile Crone is a solo project from Australia that plays a mixture of black, doom and death metal and this is a review of his self released 2020 ep "Apostle".
Tremolo picking style riffing starts off the ep along with some programmed blast beats a few seconds later. All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while the riffs also add in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies and the vocals are a mixture of black metal screams and death metal growls.
Elements of doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the songs while the synths gives the music more of a raw feeling. Most of the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's era along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic and old school style.
Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length as well as the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, spoken word parts and clear singing can also be heard briefly, and as the ep progresses a brief use of clean playing can also be heard. The production sounds very old school while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Vile Crone is a very great sounding mixture of black, doom and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Gatekeeper" and "As The Fire Fades". 8out of 10.