Cranial are a band from Germany that plays an atmospheric mixture of sludge, doom and post metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Dark Towers/Bright Lights" which was released by Moment Of Collapse Records.
Atmospheric drones along with ambient elements start off the album before going into more of a heavier and melodic direction and the vocals are mostly growls along with a few screams and blast beats are also utilized at times along with clean guitars also bring added into certain sections of the recording.
Most of the riffing brings in the heaviness of sludge and doom metal while also adding in touches of hardcore and post metal and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the music also gets experimental at times and the music also speeds up briefly on a couple of the songs.
Cranial plays a musical style that takes an atmospheric style of sludge metal and mixes it with doom and post metal to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Cranial are a very great sounding atmospheric mixture of sludge, doom, and post metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Towers" and "Lights". 8 out of 10.