Antares Predator - _Banquet of Ashes_
(The Oath, 2008)
by: Quentin Kalis (6 out of 10)
This is a death-cum-black metal band formed by Warach, one-time member of Keep of Kalessin, accompanied by former band mate Ghash on vox and Thorns (Frostmoon Eclipse) on drums. A number of guests also feature, most notably Vikotnik (Dodheimsgard / DHG) who provides additional vocals on one song. This EP is a small collection of songs recorded between 2001 and 2006, presumably released to stimulate interest in the upcoming album _Twilight of the Apocalypse_.

Five years is a significant period of time, and I would be surprised if this sounded coherent, but I didn't expect the EP to have two vastly different halves. The first two songs are excellent dynamic numbers, and had the remaining tracks followed a similar motif this would be heartily recommended. But in sharp contrast to the preceding energetic number, the other two tracks are simpler, uninspired pieces, screaming "filler" with slightly less subtlety than a flashing nine foot neon sign. A pity, as they do possess potential and this should really have been released as a 7" at best.


(article published 22/8/2008)

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