A Vintage Death are a solo project from Italy that has been featured before in t his zine and plays a blackened mixture of doom and death metal and this is a review of his 2023 album "Gruesome Shades" which was released by Archaic Sound.
Clear chants and singing along with some melodic riffing starts off the album before going into a faster direction which also utilizes a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast b eats. Vocals are mostly grim black metal screams while the slower sections of the songs also bring in elements of doom metal.
Death metal growls can also be heard at times while the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style. The songs also add in 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 and some of the tracks also add in a small amount of clean playing.
On this recording A Vintage Death remains true to the mixture of black, doom and death metal that he had established on his previous release. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics Ancient Local history Stories and Folklore themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from A Vintage Death and if you a fan of black, doom and death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "In A Glimpse of Penance" "Death Rise Tremulous" and "In A Perpetual Lament". 8 out of 10.
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