Alaric are a band from Oakland, California that plays a mixture of dark punk and death rock with a touch of doom metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "End of mirrors" which will be released on May 6th, 2016 as a joint effort between Neurot and Sentinent Ruin Laboratories.
A very dark drone sound starts off the album along with some avant garde elements and after a minute drum beats are added onto the recording which also leads up to some distorted guitar sounds which also bring in a touch of post punk and after awhile heavy guitar riffs make their presence known on the recording.
You can hear elements of doom metal in the heavier side of t he guitar riffing while the vocals are done in a clean singing style and the guitar leads are melodic and bring in elements of 80's death rock and darkwave while clean playing can be heard in the music at times and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and as the album progresses the vocals start getting more aggressive in certain sections of the recording and they also bring in a touch of hardcore and all of the songs stick to either a slow or mid paced musical direction and there is also a brief use of psychedelic sounds.
Alaric plays a musical style that takes the dark sides of both post punk and hardcore and mixes it with death rock and a touch of doom to create a style of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Alaric are a very great sounding mixture of post punk and death rock with a touch of doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Demon" "Adore" and "Angel". 8 out of 10.