Schwarzer Engel are a band from Germany that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very dark style of gothic metal along with some elements of doom and black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Imperium I - Im Reich der Gotter" which was released by Massacre Records.
Dark sounding keyboards start off the album along with some epic and symphonic sounds that have a classical music feeling to them along with some spoken word parts and whispers a few seconds later and after the intro the music remains symphonic while also adding in death metal growls, gothic style vocals and a heavy industrial metal sound.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some of the heavier parts also bring in a touch of black metal at times and when solos and leads are utilized they are very dark and melodic and also enhance the gothic qualities of the songs when they are utilized and some of the tracks also bring in a small amount of blast beats..
Schwarzer Engel continue the dark/gothic metal sound they have established with previous recordings and also make the songs a lot more heavier by adding in elements of black, death and doom metal, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in German and cover emotions, solitude, apocalypse, nature and gothic themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Schwarzel Engel and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Gott Vs Satan" "Ave Maria (Die Mutter Gottes)" "Meine Liebe" and "Beuget Euch". 8 out of 10.