Rosk play post-black metal with atmospheric, doom, and ambient influences.
A lot of the material here walks the line between wall-of-guitars emotive doom, textured post-metal, and atmospheric, slow black metal. These are not the band’s only settings though, as they incorporate various speeds and styles across the 50 minutes of their debut album.
Miasma is a layered and nuanced release, with synths and other sounds forming a base that the heavy, blackened doom seems to spring out from like a mutant growth of sorts. The tracks all flow into each other, creating the impression of one long piece.
The songs build emotive atmospheres and impressively dark soundscapes. This is sometimes done in subtle ways, with the synths softly lulling you into a false sense of security, while at others it’s done quite apocalyptically, with raging guitars and dense distortion, while at others still we get a combination of the two, with post-black metal reflection forging the mood. Blast beats are occasionally unleashed where the band deem it necessary to light a fire around their heavy, atmospheric sound.
With such diverse music on offer, the vocals naturally follow. Screams, growls, shouts, cleans; the band do it all, and it all works effectively with the music to craft very memorable tracks.
The debut album from Rosk is an extremely impressive and accomplished piece of work. The songs are all very engaging, with each one forming a part of the whole journey that Miasma takes you on, while also having its own individual style and character.
I can’t praise this highly enough. An essential listen.