The Wake are an international duo with embers from Germany and Romania that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a raw and melodic mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2020 ep “Born In 84, Dies In The 84th Year” which was released by Loud Rage Music.
Breathing sounds start off the ep fore going into a heavier direction while the only track that is presented on the recording is over 15 minutes in length. Whispered vocals can also be heard before along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them and the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody.
Grim black metal screams are also a very huge part of the song while spoken word parts can also be heard briefly. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the recording more of a raw feeling along with some death metal growls also being utilized at times, psychedelic sounds and synths can also be heard briefly as well as the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style. and the ep also adds in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
On this recording The Wake goes for more of a raw and melodic style of black metal that also mixes in some elements of death and doom metal to create a sound of their own. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from The Wake and if you are a fan of raw and melodic black and death metal, you should check out this ep. 8 out of 10.
Link: Occult Black Metal Zine