Germany's The Cold View have returned with a new recording which continues his mixture of ambient, drone and funeral doom metal from previous releases and this is a review of his self released 2019 album "Born, Banished, Beaten, Broken, Buried".
Drum beats along with some slow yet heavy funeral doom metal riffing starts off the album while all of the tracks are very long and epic in length. Vocals are mostly deep yet guttural death metal growls while the riffs also add in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies into some parts of the songs.
When synths are utilized they give the music more of an atmospheric feeling as well as introducing elements of ambient onto the recording. All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them along with some drones and melodic guitar leads also being utilized at times.
Clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with the music also adding in some mid tempo sections at times and acoustic guitars are added onto the closing track as well as a brief use of fast playing and blast beats. The production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics are a concept album based upon existentialist questions about life, death, loneliness and the pain of existence.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from The Cold View and if you are a fan of funeral doom metal with elements of ambient and drone, you should check out t his recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Born And Banished" and "Broken And Buried". 8 out of 10.