Qaanaaq are a band from Italy that plays a very avant garde and progressive form of doom/death metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Escape From the Black Iced Forest" which was released by Another Side Records.
A very slow doom metal sound starts off the album and a few seconds later death metal growls are added onto the recording and all of the musical instruments bring in a very powerful sound and when keyboards are added into the music they bring in more of an experimental and avant garde style.
A great amount of melody can be heard in the guitar riffing and clean singing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and the riffs also mix in a lot of prog metal elements and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and at times the keyboards bring in the atmospheric of a gothic horror film and spoken word parts can also be heard in some of the tracks and there is also a slight black metal influence in some of the screams.
Qaanaaq plays a musical style that is mostly rooted in doom/death metal while also adding in avant garde, experimental and progressive elements to create something very original, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Qaanaaq are a very great sounding progressive and avant garde doom/death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Body Walks" and "High Hopes". 8 out of 10.