Portugal's Heavenwood have returned with a new album that continues the gothic and doom metal style of previous recordings and this is a review of their 2016 album "The Tarot Of the Bohemians Part one" which was released by Massacre Records.
Choir vocals start off the album before going into more of a heavy and melodic musical direction a few seconds later awhile also mixing it in with symphonic elements and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the vocals also bring in a great mixture of both death metal growls and black metal screams.
When clean singing is utilized it gives the music more of a goth metal feeling while the solos and leads also remain true to a melodic yet extreme style of metal and most of the songs stick to mostly either a slow or mid paced musical direction while also speeding up briefly and adding in a small amount of blast beats and there is also a brief use of melodic ritualistic chanting while one of the tracks towards the end brings in female vocals and there are also a few tracks that are very long and epic in length and classical guitars are also utilized on the last track.
Heavenwood creates another recording that remains true tp the goth/doom metal style of previous recordings while also mixing in a touch of black and death metal, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics deal with the tarot and occultism along with all of the tracks being named after a card.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Heavenwood are if you are a fan of gothic metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Juggler" "The Emperor" "The Chariot" and "The hanged Man". 8 out of 10.