Akhenaten are a duo from Manitou Springs, Colorado that plays a mixture of black, death metal and Middle Eastern folk music and this is a review of their 2015 album "Through The Gates Of Irkalla" which was released as a joint effort between Satanath Records, Murdher Records, and Darzamadicus Records.
A middle eastern folk music sound starts off the album along with some synths and after the intro the music starts getting more heavy and melodic while also keeping around the folk elements which also gives the songs more of an epic feeling and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
When vocals are added into the music they use a great mixture of both death metal growls and black metal screams and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and when spoken word parts are utilized they give the songs more of a ritualistic feeling and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
At times the music gets very tribal and shamanistic at times and as the album progresses some of the fast riffs bring in raw black metal elements and some songs also bring in a small amount of acoustic guitars while a couple of tracks are instrumental and they close the album with a cover of Septic Flesh's "Anubis" which also brings in a brief use of clean singing.
Akhenaten plays a musical style that is very heavily rooted in black and death metal and they mix in Middle Eastern folk and world music to create a very original style, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Sumerian, Reptilian, Anunnakian, Canaan, Vedic and Egyptian themes.
In my opinion Akhenaten are a very great sounding mixture of black, death metal and Middle Eastern folk music and if you are a fan of this musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Enlil: Lugal Kurk Ur Ra" "The Passage Through Flames" "Golden Palace Of The Lamassu" and "Anubis". 8 out of 10.