Angakok are a band from Belgium that plays a mixture of sludge, drone and doom metal and this is a review of their self titled 2015 album which was released as a joint effort between Satanath Records, Metallic Media and The Smoking Goat Records.
Melodic chanting and spoken word parts start off the album before adding in distorted amplifier drones and guitar noises and after the intro the music goes into more of a slow yet heavy doom/sludge metal direction along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the vocals are mostly angry yet melodic shouts and when guitar leads are utilized they are very distorted yet melodic at the same time and some of the riffs add in a touch of post metal and hardcore as well as the vocals adding in more high pitched screams at times and spoken word parts can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and the music starts incorporating more drones as the album progresses while all of the heavy riffs remain true to a very slow musical direction.
Angakok plays a mixture of sludge and doom metal that is very slow, dark and heavy and also adds in drones to create a style of their own, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover Shamanism and Dark themes.
In my opinion Angakok are a very great sounding mixture of sludge, drone and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sacrifice" "Samsara" "Dead Birds" and "Empty Cups". 8 out of 10.