Arcana 13 are a band from Italy that plays an occult form of doom metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Danza Macabra" which was released by Aural Music.
Nature sounds start off the album along with some ritualistic spoken word parts which also leads up to a heavier 70's influenced doom metal direction and clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the riffs also use some melodies at times.
Vocals are done mostly in a clean singing 70's metal style and the solos and leads also remain true to a very retro style and you can also hear elements of occult rock in the bands musical style and a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and while the music has a lot of old school elements it still sounds very modern at times.
The songs also bring in the evil atmosphere of classic horror movies along with a small amount of synths which also adds in a touch of psychedelia and some songs also bring in a small amount of clean playing and one of the later tracks is an instrumental and the songs also stick to either a slow or mid paced musical direction.
Arcana 13 plays a musical style that takes the 70's styles of doom metal and occult rock and mix the together with a more modern sound, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Occultism and Horror Movie themes.
In my opinion Arcana 13 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 "Dread Ritual" "Oblivion Mushroom" and "Hell Behind You". 8/5 out of 10.
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