Hands Of Orlac are a band originally from Italy but relocated to Sweden that plays an occult form of traditional metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Figil del Crepuscolo" which was released as a joint effort between Trror From Hell Records and Horror Records.
A very dark sounding synth starts off the album giving the music a feeling of an Italian horror movie from t he mid 70's to early 90's and after the intro the album starts to get a lot more heavily and adds in a traditional doom metal sound that also utilizes a great amount of melody and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Flutes can be heard quite a bit on the recording giving the music a progressive rock feeling and the vocals that are utilized are all clean singing female vocals and the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody and also remain true to an old school style of doom metal and the songs also bring in a great mixture of both 70's and 90's influences.
Clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording along with a few tracks that are very long and epic in length and some of the alter tracks also bring in a small amount of spoken word samples and the vocals also throw in a few aggressive screams in certain sections of the recording and the songs also stick mostly or slow or mid paced musical direction and you can also hear a touch of NWOBHM on some of the later tracks.
Hands Of Orlac play a style of doom metal that is very traditional while also bringing in the atmosphere of an Italian occult horror film along with a touch of progressive/folk rock to create a sound of their own , the production sounds very old school yet professional at the same time while the lyrics cover horror, magic and evil themes.
In my opinion Hands Of Orlac are a very great sounding occult doom metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Burning" "A Ghost Story" and "Mill Of The Stone Woman". 8/5 out of 10.