Skaphe are a band from the United States that plays an asphyxiating form of black metal and this is a review of their self titled 2014 ep which was released by Fallen Empire Records.
A very slow, dark and raw black metal sound starts off the album along with a mixture of growls and screams as well as having a darkened atmosphere in the background which also has an ambient feeling to it and then the music adds in fast parts and blast beats with the more atmospheric side of their sound.
A great amount of dark and distorted melodies can be heard in a lot of sections of the recording along with powerful bass lines and a mixture of both clean and heavy parts as well as the music alternating between slow, mid paced and fast sections and on some of the later songs the ambient elements having a more powerful presence on the recording while the music sticks to mostly a heavier direction.
3/4 of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with some drones being utilized at times and some of the slower sections have a funeral doom metal feeling to it as well as some of the later tracks have vocals that utilize more depressive and suicidal elements in the vocals and you can also hear a decent amount of variety in the riffing throughout the recording and the last track is an ambient drone instrumental piece.
Skaphe creates their own form of black metal on this ep with the music showing a more asphyxiating approach to this genre as well as retaining a grim, dark and depressive edge in their musical style, the production has a very dark, raw and heavy sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording while the lyrics cover dark, depressive and melancholic themes.
In my opinion Skaphe are a very great sounding asphyxiating black metal band and if you are looking for something that is true to this genre but a little bit different, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Every Soul Entombed" and "The Obelisk Gleam". 8 out of 10.