Sphere – All instruments, vocals and arrangements
- A Work Of Ages
- The Night, The Fog
- What Dwells Between Fractured Worlds
- To Become His Doorway
From the start you get Sphere’s haunting screams over dissonant melodies that flow and change through several modes throughout the music. There’s a classic sound that Akolyth have went for, strong riffs, furious drums, dark melodies, even darker groove and some raw blunt force. Plenty in there to cause trauma to your average listener. For those of second wave black metal, Akolyth offer something immediately appealing since their brand of music is as dark and chaotic as you could ask for. The lowfi recording also hearkens back to the early 90s when the fires were really burning and this was the music that made people shit the bed.
None of the tracks seem drawn out or too long as what Aklyth does flows perfectly for the music. It’s hard to pick a favourite but the last track ‘To Become His Doorway’ is the one that catches my attention the most, has the best melody, the best drums and a solid vocal performance as well. Akolyth may have a bit of mystery here but they’ll soon make waves in the black metal world and we might find out more about them, who this Sphere bloke is and more about the band’s ethos and direction. They have made a statement and have set out on a primal course for supremacy with their debut release and there’s sure to be more from this mysterious band.