amazing album, but even better live. blew me away minutes into album. bought it and saw them live 2 days later, where I was blown away again.
Favorite track: The Oracle and the Architect.
Oh my lord. The riffs. The absolutely pristine and glorious instrumental goodness that are the riffs. From the fingernails-in-palm blasting of the first song into the groovier tempos of the second with only the briefest of vocal passages, through a variety of blackened soundscapes into the slightly more mellow 11-minute epic closer, this is technical mindfuckery in its filthiest, most satisfying form.
Blackened death is one of my favorite genres, and the first time I heard this I thought I’d found the quintessential blackened death sound. I was a little overexcited, perhaps, but this is definitely going to be in the top 5 releases of the year for the genre. Just a sick album on all levels. Killer drummer.
Favorite track: Below Deck.
Rob: Guitars and vocals
Brendan: Bass and vocals
All songs by Shabti
Solo #2 on “The Oracle and the Architect” by Jordan Guerette
Keys on “Shrouded and Veiled” by Dave Kaminsky
Tracked at Acadia Recording Co. in Portland Maine, 2018
Mixed by Dave Kaminsky at Studio Wormwood, 2018
Mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves, 2018
Album artwork by Unexpected Specter