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An interesting style with a missing punch - 75%

bryankerndrummer, August 19th, 2015

Thantifaxath are another technical black metal band making waves in the independent music community, and not without reason; this is certainly an interesting and entertaining record. However, I have a feeling that a large amount of this band's critical acclaim comes from being in the right place at the right time, not to mention their wanting to keep their identities secret. It's a good album, no doubt, but I don't find it anywhere near as mind-bogglingly good as many have claimed this to be.

Upon this album's initial release, I tossed it aside and spat about how unoriginal it was. The truth is, this isn't entirely original, but it's still rather distinguishable from this album's contemporaries. Thantifaxath structures their songs in a very coherent and grabbing way, and you can tell that the band spent a good deal of time ensuring this album was well-written and thought out. The opening track, "The Bright White Nothing At the End of the Tunnel," kicks things off with a spiraling, constantly-moving guitar lead that surges through the track until it leads into some more standard black metal riffs. Retched, half-yell-half-rasped vocals overshadow the instrumentals with an ominous beckoning, coupling with fast, progressive-styled riffs to create a speedy, dark chaos.

The entire album isn't necessarily fast, however. The track "Gasping in Darkness" showcases some doomier, more entrancing melodic work while the following track "Eternally Falling" spends time heaving slow strings and nightmarish guitar passages through the air, slowly forming a haunting, spiraling haze until the next track bursts in with stampeding might and heaviness. The closer, "Lost in Static Between Worlds," crafts a very evocative atmosphere with its clean-guitared, stringed intro before blasting off into a very dissonant, yet slow and doomy cavern of riffage, gnashing through walls of blast beats and emotional chord progressions. Probably being the best and most creative track on the album, this song closes with a depressing, apocalyptic wall of chords and atmospheric leads.

Despite its recognizable style and atmosphere, however, Sacred White Noise is unfortunately missing a bit of punch. It's certainly produced well, but none of the music really pops out at the listener; rather, it lingers around like background music, and can easily be breezed by unless the listener has a fixed focus on the music. Though with the right attention span, this unfortunate error can indeed be overlooked, as the music's composition is overall rather fluid and showcases a varying array of talent from this seemingly young band. Favorite tracks: "The Bright White Nothing at the End of the Tunnel" and "Lost in Static Between Worlds."