Come Ethereal Somberness

by TAPHOS

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Matt01205
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Matt01205 Yet ANOTHER outstanding band from the Danish death metal scene. Taphos flirt with blackened elements to create a truly suffocating atmosphere. You’d be a fool to sleep on this! Favorite track: Impending Peril.
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Rrzzyy COME ETHEREAL SOMBERNESS is a descent into a nightmare crypt. A shattering journey leading to the inevitable collapse of the listener. Over nine tracks, mind and body crystallise before a divine experience that crushes the self up with the ego and leaves both in tattered threads. In short > Fucking Transcendental.
klBlk
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klBlk This is an outstanding first full length. A wide range of dm influences; highly recommended for the discerning listener of death metal. Favorite track: Livores.
Matthew Toye
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Matthew Toye After those stellar demos, Taphos deliver an even more complex debut. They blur the line between death metal madness and genius. From stampeding blasts to agile leads, these Danes do it all very well. Favorite track: Thrive In Upheaval.
warren barton
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warren barton TAPHOS have created a Black/Death metal classic which is perfect in every way.A glorious death metal record which is so dark that you can't even see the light through the trees. Come Ethereal Somberness becomes 10/10,WHOAAA! Favorite track: Thrive In Upheaval.
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BLOOD HARVEST RECORDS and HELTER SKELTER PRODUCTIONS are proud to present TAPHOS' highly anticipated debut album, Come Ethereal Somberness, on CD, Cassette and 12" vinyl formats.

Hot on the heels of BLOOD HARVEST's compilation of the band's first two recordings as Demo MMXVI & 7" EP MMXVII, garnering widespread acclaim and heightening anticipation for their first full-length, at last arrives TAPHOS' Come Ethereal Somberness. As a debut LP, Come Ethereal Somberness does everything it should: stay consistent to a band's sound established on their demos whilst pointing toward new avenues. Here, TAPHOS do both, and then some.

Hailing from the same Danish scene as Undergang and Phrenelith, TAPHOS create a classic - and classically gutted - style of Metal of Death. Their first recording, Demo MMXVI, possessed a darkly thrashing sound highly reminiscent of turn-of-the-'90s death metal on both sides of the Atlantic, as resolutely Scandinavian as it was American, its filthy propulsion as palatably fresh as it was authentically ancient. On the subsequent two-song EP, TAPHOS' sound becomes more world-eating, their songwriting aims more epic whilst not losing the raw fury of their beginnings.

Now, with Come Ethereal Somberness, they synthesize the two stylistic shifts into something both berzerker and epic, manic and finessed in equal measures. Indeed, TAPHOS are firing on all songwriting cylinders here, as the energy literally bursts off the charts but retains a sense of composure and daresay class rarely scene in full-blooded death metal. Hammering and hideous yet nevertheless invoking a clarity that never castrates their attack, the quartet render each of these seven central compositions (bookended by moody instrumentals) a story unto itself. Hell, the titles themselves tell that story - "Ocular Blackness," "Insidious Gyres," and the equally telltale "Thrive in Upheaval" and "Impending Peril" among them - and that story is horrific.

New nightmares are here, then, and TAPHOS will be taking them on the road with a full European tour this May alongside Swedish comrades Degial. Until then, as its title ominously proclaims, Come Ethereal Somberness!

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