Atavisma are a band from France that has had music reviewed before in this zine and plays an old school mixture of doom and death metal and this is a review of their 2018 album "The Chthonic Rituals" which will be released in July by Memento Mori.
A very dark sounding drum intro starts off the album before going into a heavier musical direction while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of blast beats along with the riffs also utilizing dark sounding melodies and the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's era.
Vocals are mostly deep death metal growls while the slower sections of the songs are very heavily influenced by doom metal along with some of the tracks being very long and epic in length and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very dark yet melodic style and as the album progresses a brief use of clean playing can also be heard as well as all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
Atavisma creates another recording that remains true to their old school mixture of doom and death metal, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover the relationship between man and nature, ancient cultures and spirituality themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Atavisma and if you are a fan of old school doom/death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sacrifice Unto Babylon" "Monoliths" and "A Subterranean Life". 8/5 out of 10.