Excruciation are a band from Switzerland that has been around since 1984 and plays a mixture of doom, death and thrash metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "[g]host" which was released as a joint effort between Auric and Gadget Records.
A very heavy and dark sound starts off the album along with some melodies which leads to a doom metal direction and all of the musical instruments have a powerful sound to them and a few seconds alter clean playing and melodic vocals find their way into the music along with some whispers being utilized in the background.
Once the music starts getting heavy again death metal growls start becoming a big part of the bands musical style along with some melodic guitar solos and leads and when the album goes into other songs the band finds its style which is in the more doom/death metal direction as well as utilizing a mixture of both clean and heavy parts as well as having some melody being mixed in with the rougher vocals.
In certain sections of the album the band adds in small amounts of acoustic guitars which enhance the dark atmosphere this band creates with its musical style and on one of the tracks spoken word parts and female vocals are brought in briefly and they also bring in a brief use of violins on one of the later tracks before going into an acoustic instrumental before returning back to a heavier direction on the later songs.
Excruciation go for a more early 90's melodic United Kingdom style doom/death metal direction of the early 90's with this album and stay away from the more thrash orientated sound of past albums to create a very dark and heavy album, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover dark and anti religion themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Excruciation and if you are a fan of doom and death metal, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE ""Mother South" "Crawl" and "Devil Wears Christ". 8 out of 10.