Manitous Springs, Colorado's duo Akhenaten have returned with a new recording which continues their mixture of black, death metal and middle eastern folk music from their previous releases and this is a review of their 2021 album "The Emerald Tablets Of Thoth" which will be released on April 30th as a joint effort between Satanath Records and Dark Terror Temple.
Ritualistic bells and soundscapes start off the album while also introducing elements of middle eastern music onto the album which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the songs. Percussion's can also be heard in some parts of the recording and the vocals also bring in a mixture of black metal screams and death metal growls.
Melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing while the solos and leads also bring in more of an old school extreme metal style. At times the music also captures an ethnic orientated atmosphere along with some synths also being mixed in with the heavy riffs and one song also introduces clean playing and folk instruments into the music.
A couple of the tracks are also instrumentals along with the music also capturing a very shamanistic atmosphere in some parts of the recording as well as a couple of the songs also being very long and epic in length, clean vocals can also be heard briefly and when the music finally speeds up a small amount of blast beats.
All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them as well as the songs focusing more on a slow or mid tempo musical direction. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Mayan Mythology, Atlantean Magick, Occultism and Alchemy themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Akhenaten and if you are a fan of black, death metal and middle eastern music, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Halls Of Ament" "The Atlantean" and "Priests of the Jackal". 8/3 out of 10.