Skaphe are an international band with members from Iceland and the United States that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a very depressive, dissonant and psychedelic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Skáphe³" which was released as a joint effort between Mystiskaos, Iron Bonehead Productions and Vanagandr.
A very dark sounding intro starts off the album before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Vocals are done in mostly a grim yet deep black metal style while the riffs also add in a great amount of dissonant sounding melodies.
All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very dissonant style along with the music also having its psychedelic moments.
At times the music also gets very depressive sounding along with some brief interludes also being utilized before a few songs which also introduces clean singing onto the recording as well as some tracks also adding in a small amount of synths. The production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover desolation and abandonment themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Skaphe and if you are a fan of dissonant, psychedelic and depressive black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Lowest Abyss" "The Shrill Cracks And Mona" and "Rebirth Synthesis" 8 out of 10.