Rapheumets Well – Enders Door (Progressive Death/Black Metal)

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Are you ready for a sci-fi concept album? Follow the rogue travler Eryos and how he discovered an artifact that would change his place in cosmos forever. This one hour long journey will leave you wanting more of Eryos and his adventures. Rapheumets Well were formed in 2008, North Carolina USA, after changing name from Blue Man’s God (created 2002). Having had a very wide range of influences on their albums, experimenting in classical, ambience and metal music this band stands out. Enders Door is the bands third release after having told other stories within this multi-verse on Dimensions and The Exile.

One thing is certain when you listen to Rapheumets Well, it’s epic. Much like you find Dimmu Borgir’s symphonic black metal massive and sometimes overwhelms you with their orchestral music Rapheumets Well does the same. Differences are many though. The progressive elements and clean vocals (both female and male) makes you think about The Faceless more than Dimmu Borgir. There is also a lot of death metal influences in the music, still very symphonic, which bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse are known for. The whole sci-fi take on all this is awesome and at times I think on movies such as Tron or Ghost in the Shell while listening to Enders Door. The different directions the songs take is also what makes Enders Door sick out from the rest. It feels like a movie in musical form, and it’s freaking epic!

I can recommend Rapheumets Well to anyone who is out for something a little bit different. It’s a great concept album with various of influences covering a wide range of genres. I would also love to see this band live, from what I’ve read they seem to make it like a play when performing their music. I can imagine it being a great experience in the veins of what Fleshgod Apocalypse or Carach Angren does.

Rapheumets Well – Enders Door is out May 26th through Test Your Metal Records.

Also with this review I will leave you guys for two weeks. Traveling to Tokyo tomorrow and I will not be reviewing any new albums while there. Hopefully I will get the chance to catch a concert on some of the local bands there though!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Rapheumetswell
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rapheumetswell
For fans of: Dimmu Borgir and The Faceless
Favorite song: Lechery Brought the Darkness

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Oracle – Beyond Omega (Melodic Blackened Death)

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Sweet home Alabama! Oracle is a new American band formed in May 2016 and quickly released their debut Beyond Omega the same year. Even though the band was fast on releasing their first album it still holds very good production and I am honestly surprised five people can just get together and create a well produced album in just a couple of months (album was released in July 2016). To me that’s quality stuff and every time a new band manages to do this they will receive praise from me.

Music wise Oracle takes influences from a wide range of bands. While it isn’t anything groundbreaking it’s still well made and a solid effort from a new band so you can’t really find much to complain about. I would say the bands main influences are heavy hitters like Decapitated, Dissection, Fleshgod Apocalypse and even the melodic death groove a la Amon Amarth. Meaning it’s got a demonic feeling, very melodic and a lot of death. For example Nocturnal Creatures displays a lot of Dissection-like music, while The Cleansing goes towards the more head on death metal Decapitated direction. It’s obviously nothing new to get influences from class acts such as these and today it’s hard to make something really unique. However when the riffs and solos are on point, production is well made and you like the bands Oracle has drawn influences from then it doesn’t really matter. A good album is a good album, simple as that!

One thing I need to point out before finalizing the review is that I think Oracle’s vocalist Jason Long sounds a lot like Robb Flynn (Machine Head) at times. Maybe that’s just me but on some bits on each track the resemblance is uncanny for me.

Beyond Omega is a solid debut album. Metalheads of different genres will surely find tracks on the album they can headbang away to. Oracle – Beyond Omega is out now and released independently.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oraclemetalband
For fans of: Dissection and Decapitated
Favorite song: On the Wings of a Martyr

Endemise – Anathema (Symphonic Black/Death Metal)

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Ottawa’s Endemise are no new kids on the block. They’ve been going since 2005 and released three EP’s and two full-length albums before Anathema. Created by brothers David and Dale Sauve they’ve changed in style and molded to what became symphonic black/death metal in Anathema.

Anathema is nothing short but an majestic dark ride that draws evil influences from big names such as Dissection, Watain, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir and Septic Flesh. During their eleven years of honing their skills Endemise has become a band to keep an extra eye on as these influences have sunked in and made them create their own sound. Anathema is a nice little surprise coming out this year and I am glad Endemise has found their symphonic deadly groove.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Endemise
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Endemise
For fans of: Watain and Septic Flesh
Favorite song: Blackening