Astral Path – An Oath to the Void (Review)

Astral PathAstral Path are an atmospheric Black Metal band from Canada. This is their début album.

This is the kind of modern, expansive Black Metal that so many bands seem to do so well these days. If you’re a fan of bands like Wolves in the Throne Room, Chaos Moon, Midnight Odyssey, Krallice, Mare Cognitum, Deafheaven and their ilk, then you should also like this.

Astral Path’s music combines this type of stargazing, cosmic Black Metal with ambient soundscapes to create atmospheric Black Metal that seems to roll out of the speakers in a pool of spectral fog.

I always love it when atmospheric bands have screamed vocals that are so high they almost sound like static. Astral Path are one such band, and the vocals immediately give me The Adrenaline. Each scream is like a razor-sharp slice to the skin. I don’t know why that’s a good thing, but in the context of this music it certainly seems to be.

The atmospheric guitars are uplifting and empowering, seemingly translating the wonder and awe of the wider universe into music, as if staring into the night sky was somehow infectious and musically catching.

This is a really enjoyable release, with the blackened melodies and atmospheric guitars just dripping with mood and emotion.

A recommended listen.

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