Islay are a band from Germany that plays a blackened form of melodic death metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "The Angels' Share" which was released by Final Gate Records.
Drum beats and powerful sounding bass guitar solos start off the album before adding in melodic leads and blast beats that dominate throughout the recording and when growls are added into the music it gives the tracks more of a Swedish feeling along with some high pitched black metla screams being added in at times.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's melodic styles of black and death metal and as the album progresses clean singing can be heard in certain sections of the recording and they also give the songs more of a modern feeling when they are utilized while the classical guitars when they are brought in add progressive elements onto the recording and some songs also bring in a few seconds of atmospheric keyboards that are almost close to being symphonic at times.
Islay plays a musical style that takes the 90's Swedish melodic styles of death and black metal and mix them in with some modern elements to update the sound for current times, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover war and anti religion themes along with one of the tracks being written in German.
In my opinion Islay are a very great sounding melodic blackened death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Under The Sway Of God" "Blind messiah" "Napalm Shower" and "The Angels' Share". 8 out of 10.