Via Vengeance are a solo project from Arizona that plays an atmospheric form of sludge/doom metal and this is a review of his 2016 album "Harsh Conditions" which was released by Battleground Records.
A very heavy doom metal sound starts off the album along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them along with some growling vocals a few seconds later and the drums also give the music more of a tribal feeling and the riffs also bring in the heaviness of sludge metal.
More traditional sludge and groove metal style vocals can be heard at times and some songs also bring in a small amount of clean playing and acoustic guitars along with a few of the tracks being very long and epic in length and later on during the recording a small amount of pianos and female vocals are used briefly on a couple of songs before making a return back to a heavier musical direction and all of the songs stick to a very slow style.
Via Vengeance creates a sludge/doom metal album that is very slow, dark, heavy and atmospheric, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album based upon the season of winter.
In my opinion Via Vengenace are a very great sounding atmospheric sludge/doom metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Expired" "Winter Mourning" "Solitary" and "Instinct To Survive". 8 out of 10.