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Intense & solid first attempt of hc/death metal - 55%

oneyoudontknow, September 24th, 2012

ἄθεος (atheos) – 'without gods' in English – would be the debut release of the American band Skinfather; whose band name I do not really get, but that is only a minor issue. The title of the release is pretentious of course, because the band uses English lyrics while no cursing in some obscure ancient Greek can be found. So much for consistency or expectations.

An aspect that strikes the listener as important is the overall intensity and the tendency of the band to create an uniform atmosphere; some tracks even lead over to next one and with no gap in sight, as if it had been a one session/take in which it all has been recorded. There are a lot of hardcore influences and they shine through in the overall conceptual approach of the music: the breaks, the dynamics and the tempo. The riffs are actually quite nice but some additional solos would have been a welcome diversion; only the title track would have one.

Skinfather play heavy and powerful death metal / hardcore, which can be enjoyed quite easily. At times there are too many vocals and too few counterpoints in the concept. Fans of a rather intense mixture of these two genres might want to give this band/release a try.

Based on a review originally written for ‘A dead spot of light (Number 20)’: