Shantak are a band from Italy that plays melodic death metal with elements of heavy, thrash and doom metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "For The Darkening" which was released by Sliptrick Records.
Clean guitar playing starts off the album before adding in heavy guitar riffs and melodic guitar leads and all of the musical instruments sound very powerful while t he vocals are mostly death metal growls and you can also hear a lot of doom metal elements in t he slow guitar riffs while the lds bring in more of a traditional melodic metal style.
A great amount of melodies can be heard in the guitar riffing along with some thrash influences and high pitched screams can also be heard in the music at times and clean playing also makes a return in certain sections of the recording along with some acoustic guitars and spoken word parts can also be heard on some of the songs and all of the tracks stick to either a slow or mid paced musical direction while there is also a brief use of blast beats.
Shantak plays a musical style that takes melodic death metal and mixes it with doom metal to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover loneliness, Lovecraft tales, love, nature, and literature themes.
In my opinion Shantak are a very great sounding mixture of melodic death and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Disinterment" "Oath of Shadows" "The River" and "The Unwept". 8 out of 10.