Vanessa Van Basten are a band from Italy that plays a mixture of doom metal, post rock and shoegaze and this is a review of their 2015 compilation album "Ruins_Sketches And Demos" which was released by Solar Ipse.
A very distorted dream pop style sound starts off the compilation along with a decent amount of melody and heavy bass guitars which also gives the music more of a post doom metal feeling and when vocals are added into t he music they are clean singing goth rock style vocals and the song s also bring in a great amount of shoegaze elements.
Elements of darkwave can be heard quite a bit on some of the tracks and at time s the guitars add some distorted style drones to the music and as the album progresses instrumental tracks are brought onto the recording at times as well as some songs adding in a touch of post punk and some of the later tracks add in more of a metal heaviness while other songs also bring in acoustic guitars at times and later on during the compilation spoken word parts are added in the music at times and the compilation closes with a cover of Dead Can Dance's "Advent"..
Vanessa Van Bastien creates a musical style that takes in the heaviness of doom metal and mixes it with post rock, shoegaze and dream pop to create a sound of his own, the production sounds very raw yet powerful at the same time while the lyrics when they are utilized cover philosophical themes.
In my opinion Vanessa Van Basten are a very great sounding mixture of doom metal, post rock and shoegaze and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "All Cats Are Graves" "Arbiet" "27 Bricks Of Our Future" and "Advent". 8 out of 10.