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Vhöl – Deeper Than Sky | Review & Streaming

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Last Updated on 01:06 PM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Black Metal/Crust /Thrash/Heavy Metal
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Profound Lore
Year: 2015

Vhöl were forged from the ashes of Parallelogram, a Pentagram cover band featuring Russ Kent (aka Mr. Hate from Noothgrush) on vocals, John Cobbett (Hammers of Misfortune, ex-Ludicra) on guitar, Sigrid Sheie (Hammers Of Misfortune, ex-Amber Asylum) on bass, and Aesop Dekker (Agalloch, Worm Ouroboros, ex-Ludicra) on drums. As Pentagram have risen from their ashes they disbanded and as they were unable to keep the tempos under control anyway, they took to thrash and started writing their own material. At the same time, Mike Scheidt (Yob) took over vocals. Their self-titled debut was well received by both audience and critics. Even though the song structure was rather chaotic, “Vhöl” was a deep dive into the roots of metal. Now in “Deeper Than Sky” they go a step further or better saying it goes deeper. The black metal/hardcore/thrash/prog fusion meets 80’s influences, speed tempos, Voivod and Coroner like riffs, all blended creating a sick sound full of d-beat pounding trying to explore once again the roots of metal. Progressive elements are stronger (the ambitious “Paino” is a jazz instrumental experimental song blended with bass, rhythm guitar, d-beat and a piano having the role of a lead guitar), same for black metal ones (“Lightless Sun” is an 8 minutes black metal anthem), as hardcore and punk origins remain (“3AM” is a straight forward punk/hardcore song), after all speed still dominates Vhöl’s sound. The opener “The Desolate Sound” is an instant classic, the s/t is a 12 minutes intricate hymn with many tempo changes, female vocal melodies and thrashy guitars. Each of its seven songs stands out, but my personal favorites are the uber thrash/punk “Red Chaos” and “Lightless Sun”. All 4 individuals play like there’s no tomorrow but if there’s a truly outstanding performance here; we have to focus on the unsung guitar hero John Cobbett. He proves that he is a truly inspired composer and a tremendous performer indeed. “Deeper Than The Sky” is certainly one of the best albums of this year and definitely will be on my 2015 Dirty Dozen list. Excellent.

4,5/6

Giorgos Tsekas
Giorgos Tsekas
"Κάποτε Όταν Θα ‘χουμε Καιρό... Θα Σκεφτούμε Πάνω Στις Ιδέες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Στοχαστών, Θα Θαυμάσουμε Τους Πίνακες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Ζωγράφων, Θα Γελάσουμε Με Όλους Τους Χωρατατζήδες, Θα Φλερτάρουμε Όλες Τις Γυναίκες, Θα Διδάξουμε Όλους Τους Ανθρώπους" Μπ. Μπρεχτ

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