Black Vatican are a band from Kansas that plays a very symphonic form of gothic metal with some elements of black metal and industrial and this is a review of their self released 2018 album "The Black Vatican".
Goth rock style synths along with some melodic chants start off the album while the music also brings in a great amount of symphonic elements which also mixes into the heavier sections of the songs as well as all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
Whispers can also be heard at times while a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with the vocals bringing in a mixture of goth style spoken words, death metal growls and black metal screams as well as some female vocals also being added onto some of the tracks,
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style while programmed beats are also used at times along with the music also incorporating elements of industrial and on some of the tracks elements of progressive rock can also be heard as well as the music always sticking to either a slow or mid paced direction.
Black Vatican plays a musical style that is mostly rooted in gothic metal while the symphonic, industrial, black and death metal elements gives the songs more originality, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover War, Lust, Magick, Hostory and Mythology themes.
In my opinion Black Vatican are a very great sounding symphonic gothic metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Darkened (Sacred) Wine" "Into Abyssful Terror" and "From The Asylum". 8 out of 10.