Khazaddum are a band from Wisconsin that has been featured before in this zine and plays a brutal and technical form of death metal and this is a review of their self released 2017 album "Plagues Upon Arda" which will be released in August.
Atmospheric synths start off the album along with some tribal beats and symphonic elements and they also mix in with the heavier sections of the music and when the songs speed up a great amount of blast beats can be heard and the riffs also bring in a decent amount of melody.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the vocals are mostly death metal growls and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the solos and leads bring in a very chaotic style while the riffs also get very technical at times.
Khazaddum creates a recording t hat remains true to the brutal and technical style of death metal from their last release while also mixing in more symphonic elements this time around, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics are based upon the writings of J.R.R Tolkien.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Khazaddum and if you are a fan of brutal, symphonic and technical death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Deathless Crown" "The Fell Rider's Scourge" and "Shelob The Great". 8 out of 10.