Album Title: Decay
Label: Witches Brew
This is the fourth full-length album from Scythe, a German band playing progressive death metal.
The production on this record is very clear -- the drums are crisp, especially the cymbals, and the guitar tone is cutting. The sounds here tend toward the high end of the spectrum, but the bass provides a nice touch of depth. The vocals are pretty varied, ranging from growls and snarls to clean singing.
In terms of songwriting, this album is quite daring. There are tons of heavy rhythms and solos, but there are also some Eastern-influenced melodies, vocal harmonies, and even a ballad. The mood also varies a lot. Headbanging songs like "Bitterness" and "Das Leben..." alternate with more introspective stuff, like the floating "Cogwheel" and the album's epic, "A Glimpse of The Eastern Sunrise". Even the lyrics go from English to German on one track. With all this variety, it's hard not to find something you'll like, and Scythe is definitely good at balancing experimentation with heaviness. With its seamless incorporation of both driving and dreamy atmospheres, this album is one of the few that goes with beer as well as it goes with weed... and I honestly don't think there's more I can say in praise of a recording in this style!
If you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary, Scythe is worth checking out. Fans of Unleashed, Enslaved, Anacrusis, and other progressive extreme bands will be especially pleased with this record.
Standout Tracks: "Bitterness", "Das Leben, Das Ich Selbst...", "While Everyone Sleeps"