I Klatus are a band from Chicago, Illinois that has been featured before in this zine and plays an atmospheric mixture of sludge, stoner and doom metal and this is a review of their self released 2017 album "Nagual Son" which will be released in October.
Powerful sounding bass guitars and psychedelic elements start off the album before adding in more of a heavier sludge and doom metal direction which also utilizes a great amount of dark sounding melodies while the solos and leads are done in a very dark yet melodic fashion and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Vocals are done in a very aggressive sludge fashion along with their melodic moments and a few growls and when the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can be heard while the clean playing also gives the music a more desert and stoner rock feeling and grim black metal screams are also used briefly along with the songs also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and spoken word parts are also used briefly.
I Klatus creates another recording that remains true to their mixture of stoner, sludge and doom metal while also getting more psychedelic this time around, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover Shamanism, Occultism, and Darkness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from I Klatus and if you are a fan of psychedelic, stoner, sludge and doom metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Serpent Cults" "The Alvinist" and "Funal Communion". 8 out of 10.