Vagrond are a band from Australia that plays a very depressive form of black metal with elements of progressive, post rock and shoegaze and this is a review of their self released 2013 album "Of Separation And Departure".
"Moonlight Painted On The Waves" begins with some soft acoustic guitar playing which utilizes both finger picking and full chords along with some synths and serves as an intro for the album.
"Separation" begins with some slow guitar riffs and drums and a few seconds alter the depressive black metal screams start kicking in and after a couple of minutes the music goes into a softer direction along with some acoustic guitars and you can also hear the bass in the background for a few seconds before getting heavy again and towards the end there is a brief use of melodic clean singing vocals along with a brief use of guitar solos and leads.
"Winter Grey" begins with some soft acoustic guitar playing which utilizes some finger picking and full chords and after a couple of minute melodic guitar and bass riffs along with some drums and clean singing make their way into the song and after awhile depressive black metal screams start coming into the song while also keeping around the melodic vocals.
"Within These Walls Part 1" begins with some soft acoustic guitar playing and a minute later heavy guitars, drums and depressive screams start making their way into the song along with some powerful bass guitars and towards the end the music starts adding in some melodic elements.
"Within These Walls Part 2" begins with some acoustic and bass guitars which leads up to a melodic guitar lead and drums and after a while the heavy guitar riffs and depressive black metal vocals start kicking in along with some melodic clean singing and towards the end there a re more melodic guitar leads being utilized.
'Day Breaks Over Clam Water" begins with some bass guitars, drums and psychedelic sounding guitar leads along with some cleaner sections in the background and the song is all instrumental.
"To Build A Monument" begins with some heavy and dark guitar and bass riffs along with some drums before the black metal vocals start kicking in and make the music more depressive sounding and the song for the most part uses the same riff until the end of the song.
'Departure" begins with some soft acoustic guitar playing which utilizes finger picking and full chords along with some bass guitars and drum beats and a few minutes later raw and primitive sounding guitar riffs and suicidal black metal screams start kicking in for awhile and then the song slows down and gets more darker sounding.
Song lyrics cover nature, darkness and depressive themes, while the production has a very dark and heavy sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording along with some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Vagrond a re a very great sounding hybrid of depressive black metal, progressive, post rock and shoegaze and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE ""Separation" "Within These Walls Part 2" and "Departure". RECOMMENDED BUY.