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The Fathomless Deep - "The Fathomless Deep" (CD)

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"The Fathomless Deep" track listing:

1. Shadow of the Ancient (6:08)
2. Eves of the Golem (1:59)
3. Bane of the Spirits (7:45)
4. Prelude (1:45)
5. Punch the Skies (3:41)
6. Bloodstorm (6:40)
7. Beneath Cursed Waters (10:30)

Reviewed by on February 9, 2012

"This album will appeal to listeners fond of changing it up a bit, those of us who are tired of the same few recycled riffs and overused genres, from this refreshingly creative group."

The Fathomless Deep’s debut self titled release is a medley of songs that tend to stick with the listener long after they’ve walked away from it. Perhaps somewhat untypical for a Finnish band, these guys have taken a far lean to the more avante-garde aspect of metal; reminiscent of bands like Unexpect, while still being brutal enough to be considered death metal.

One of the really special aspects about the album is the diversity of the musicians. The vocals are for the most part quite harsh, ranging from highs to more growling, dirty lows. A personal favorite off of the album is the track “Beneath Cursed Waters,” where we are treated with duets between epic clean vocals that battle the seas on waves of growls that threaten to bury everything in their way.

The Fathomless Deep has managed to create a completely unique compilation, and one that tends to shift styles in almost every song. The musicians have given their instruments personalities that differ and change just as our own moods do. At times it seems as if the guitars are having arguments with each other and at these moments the violin steps in to make peace, while the vocals authoritatively and effectively conquer and force submission from all.

Combined with the soaring notes of the melancholy, yet at times enraged, violin, the guitars manage to hold their own and still be leading instruments. Unlike many violinists who are content to be in the background, the composer here has made violin melodies an integral part in every song. This album will appeal to listeners fond of changing it up a bit, those of us who are tired of the same few recycled riffs and overused genres, from this refreshingly creative group.

Highs: A unique metal album that is full of variety.

Lows: No real lows for me, though listeners of more standard genres of metal might feel lost with this release.

Bottom line: The Fathlomless Deep will be highly appealing to fans of death metal, as well as those who appreciate avant-garde metal. This album will become a regular listen for ears that are prepared for it.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls
4.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)