The Barren Throne is Beneaths’ second full length release since 2012 (Enslaved By Fear) on Unique Leader Records. Their sound is a B tuning death metal genre with many other metal elements incorporated, resulting in an overall impressive record. The band has a melodic tasteful flare throughout the record, along with well written songs that displays their talents, integrity and desire to bring something fresh to the brutal/death/metal table.
“Chalice” Beneaths’ first single off this disc, instantly blows up in your face with Ragnar Sverrissons’ high speed drums leading the way. Well done song that brings everything ascending up front and in your face while incorporating smooth interludes in between. I think ULR has a upstart “gem” with this one!
Next up is the discs’ title track “The Barren Throne” full of high speed metal chug from twin guitars of Johann Ingi Sigurasson and Unnar Sigurasson with many leads woven throughout. Great full on depth and power, that highlights the bands death metal roots.
“Putrid Seed Of Affection” brings forth a touch of technical death metal to the fold while respecting a touch of Pantera -groove to it! Don’t get me wrong there is plenty of speed to the song and many other bands would be sitting on the sidelines unable to execute the music these five musicians unfold seamlessly.
One of my favourite songs on this disc is “Iron Jaw” which has such raw brutality to it while still holding a great melody underneath it all. Blasting drums and high intensity 6 string bass (Gisli Runar Guamundsson) along with guitar sweeps and teetering solos make this one stand out and scream!
Building on a slower opening tempo “Sovereign Carnal Passion” quickly explodes into one hell of a song that has an epic full-on sound and memorable passages. All in all a must hear machine of death metal carnage, full of range, rage and passion.
Clocking in at eight minutes “Sky Burial” is the longest track on this disc and my overall favourite song. Deep bass and a slower doomier vibe prevail, with rich crunchy riffs, accompanied by sonic slow leads that build into a somewhat quicker tempo and key changes. Lots of great hooks and surprise’s \m/
“Veil Of Mercy” blasts off right from the gate and speeds through some of the most intense and brutal music on the disc. Exciting stuff !
“Mass Extinction Codex” has a machine gun rapid fire speed to it with the vocals at 11. Great break downs and extreme drums.
“Storm Drainer” pulls out all the stops with some blazing fast guitar work.
The last track on this album “Unearthed” opens with some cool drum rolls and blasts, beating the heart of this monster throughout. Great timing and guitar work along with intense guttural vox.
Overall this album is not your run of the mill-cookie cutter-satanic riddled brutal death metal disc. These five dudes have carefully wrote some amazing music that screams integrity and talent but most of all desire ..to be the best at what they do.
Label: Unique Leader Records
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