Albez Duz are a band from Germany that plays a mixture of dark metal and occult doom rock and this is a review of their 2014 album "The Coming Of Mictlan" which was released by Archaic Sound.
A very dark and atmospheric sounding drone and loop starts off the album along with some tribal beats and spoken word parts a few seconds alter that gives the recording a ritualistic feeling and after the intro the music starts going into more of a slow and old school doom metal direction along with some death metal growls a few seconds later and after awhile they also incorporate small amounts of black metal elements.
You can hear a great amount of melody and atmosphere in the bands musical style along with some synths that combine the 70's rock style with the more atmospheric side of 90's gothic metal and the band also brings in a good amount of clean singing and a bit of Black Sabbath influence in the guitar riffing while the solos and leads are more in the 90's melodic style of metal when they are utilized.
A good portion of some of the songs are very long and epic in length and some of the music sounds like what Type O Negative or Moonspell might of sounded like if they utilized more psychedelic elements in the 90's and halfway through the album the band brings in a small amount of acoustic guitars which takes the music into more of a psychedelic, gothic, neo-folk direction before return back to a heavier musical direction on the following tracks.
Albez Duz goes back to the 90's era of gothic metal and atmospheric doom/death and mixes the genre with some 70's doom metal along with the psychedelic, folk and occult rock scenes from that same era to create some music that is very dark, heavy, retro, ritualistic and original sounding, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism, Mayans, and Aztecs mixed in with some dark and depressing themes.
In my opinion Albez Duz are a very great sounding mixture of dark metal and occult doom rock and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fire Wings" "Feathered Snake" and "Twisting My Sobriety". 8/5 out of 10.