Scythe - _Decay_
(Witches Brew, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (8.5 out of 10)
Scythe are a tricky band to pigeonhole within a particular genre. Elements from virtually all significant metal genres can be found here: death, thrash and doom all combine to form a surprisingly coherent yet potent force (only black metal appears to be missing) that can perhaps be best described as melancholic death metal. A mournful, melancholic atmosphere permeates the entire album, and this is accomplished without cheap tricks such as keyboards, opting to rely on a few well-placed arpeggios to set the mood.

The emotional clean voice is surprisingly good, while the death growls are amongst the best I have heard alongside Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth). Speaking of Opeth, they are reminiscent of this band -- not in their sound, which is quiet different, but rather in creating a similar kind of music, music that in both cases can be described as beautiful, even feminine, but without sacrificing aggression.

A mature and emotional release from a band that is at the top of their game and rank amongst the criminally underrated.


(article published 25/3/2007)

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