Skaldic Curse – Devourer

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: https://apocalypticwitchcraft.co.uk/
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://apocalypticwitchcraft.bandcamp.com/album/devourer
Band Website : https://myspace.com/skaldiccurse

Band Line-up:

Monolith, bass
Astynax, guitars
Woundz, vocals
Vermin, drums
Scapula, guitars

Tracklisting:

1. Last Humanoid Howling
2. Devourer
3. End – Earth
4. Bloodstained Asylum
5. Pay – War Approaching
6. Impact Winter
7. Abduction Void
8. Self – Replicating Armageddon Assembler
9. Torus

 

REVIEW:

A rather unusual and obscure release from a long split up UK Black Metal Band Skaldic Curse. This album was quietly released on Bandcamp in 2013 but never saw an official release until now by Apocalyptic Witchcraft Recordings. From the London Black metal scene it features members from Fen, Akercocke, and other contemporaries. The band sadly split up in 2011 so you will not find too much on them.

Digging into the album itself Devourer is a really enjoyable and solid work with classical black metal sounds as well as some of the prog leanings. If you are familiar with Akercocke you will pick up on the similarities in style. If not, then at least the croaking vocals will put you in mind of Mayhem. The tremolo picking, melodies, drum rhythms and everything is very solid. It’s dark, brutal, precise and a well produced album. Each song has plenty of weight and atmosphere. It’s definitely a shame this never saw a release sooner and the band is split up. Though it is great that it’s being released and distributed now and I really recommend it to any black metal fan.

The tracks I really enjoyed were Last Humanoid Howling, Devourer, Psy-War Apprroaching, Impact Winter and Torus. The entire album though is quite enjoyable. None of the tracks were too long. This is one I will definitely listen to over again several times. So I really recommend it and give it a 4.5 out of 5 rating.

REVIEW BY CATHRINE WENDT
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