Abkehr are a duo from Germany that plays a very atmospheric and depressive form of black metal and this is a review of their 2017 ep "In Asche" which was released by Sentient Ruin Laboratories.
Ambient style soundscapes start off the ep along with some drones before going into a very fast and raw black metal direction along with a great mixture of tremolo picking and blast beats while the vocals a re mostly grim black metal screams and synths are also mix in with the heavier sections of the music.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the riffs also utilizing a decent amount of melody and a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and both clean and acoustic guitars can also be heard briefly and melodic guitar leads are also utilized at times while also mixing in a great amount of depressive elements.
Abkehr plays a style of black metal that is very raw, atmospheric and depressive sounding, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover darkness, hopelessness, evil and alienation themes.
In my opinion Abkehr are a very great sounding atmospheric and depressive black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "II" and "IV". 8 out of 10.