Hailing from North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, ABYTHIC formed in 2015 and soon recorded & released their first demo, A Full Negation of Existence. Aptly titled, the demo portrayed four foul tracks of churning death metal of a most early '90s mold. Alas, that was an all-too-brief teaser for Beneath Ancient Portals, the band's full-length debut. Also aptly titled, Beneath Ancient Portals sees ABYTHIC taking the demo's same rudiments - patient and pulsing riffing, linear composition, an emphasis on doomy downtempo segments - and brings them to fuller fruition, diving deeper and deadlier into thundering, desolate DOOM. In many ways, Beneath Ancient Portals often recalls the proud 'n' powerful class of mid-period Bolt Thrower, Asphyx, Grave, and Pentacle, so hypnotically heaving is their dreadnought weight here. But in other ways, ABYTHIC put their own stamp on doomy death metal through a potently occult aura...or one that sounds like a crypt slowly opening, all before a rust- and blood-covered tank rolls forward out of it, crushing all in its path. It's simply mesmerizing either way.
Born in Adelaide, Australia - and now split across two of it?s capital cities with members residing in Melbourne; ALTARS create a vitriolic sort of Death Metal, convolved and disturbed, reminiscent of some of their Australian counterparts.
Their debut album is curated by the minds of Cale Schmidt, Lewis Fischer and Alan Cadman; in which this three piece delivers a sophisticated, suffocating, and almost supernatural sound. Cadman?s drums are intense & frenetic, drifting to and nether the deepest recesses of Paramnesia.
SCYTHIAN's debut full-length "To Those Who Stand Against Us..." is a ferocious tour de force presenting SCYTHIAN's unique brand of Metal; malicious, down-tuned riffs that could have been recorded by Sodom in the mid-80's melt into truly magnificent choir-backed passages reminiscent of "Hammerheart"-era BATHORY only to collapse into a frenzied blasting orgy of war, death and desolation; emerging once again from the chaos with some of the most virtuose guitar solos ever to be heard on a Metal recording.