Skáphe - Skáphe³



7.6 | 39 votes |
Release date: 30 September 2020
Style: Psychedelic black metal

Owners:

12 have it
8 want it


01. VIII - Beyond Earthly Understanding
02. IX - The Lowest Abyss
03. X - Sing Lament To Thee
04. XI - The Ocean Of Fire
05. XII - Buried In Dark Earth
06. XIII - The Shrill Cracks And Moan
07. XVI - A Spiritual Abyss
08. XV - Oblique Axis
09. XVI - Glass Sarcophagus
10. XVII - Rebirth Synthesis

Additional info
Mixed by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio.
Mastered by Dan Lownes at Resonance Sound Studio.
Cover artwork by Karmazid.
Insert artwork by H.V. Lyngdal (Lines) and Christina Guenther (Paint).
Layout by D. Fried.

Staff review by
Apothecary
Rating:
9.0
Together with Wormlust, Skáphe is essentially the elder statesman of Mystískaos, the band that's been around the longest and exerts the most creative influence over the overall ethos of the collective. Does this somewhat father figure type role also come with superior music? Absolutely.

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published 06.10.2020 | Comments (10)

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18.08.2020 - 23:12
Rating: 9
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
The clean vocals on this track that's up are a very interesting touch, don't think they've ever done that before.

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19.08.2020 - 06:07
tintinb
One of the best artwork I have seen in recent times.
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19.08.2020 - 10:27
Rating: 8
musclassia
I have to admit that I did not like their last album at all, but my tastes have changed in the past few years so I'm intrigued to see if I'm any more receptive to them this time around
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19.08.2020 - 20:32
Gesualdo
Great news!
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26.09.2020 - 23:25
Rating: 10
Rulatore
Written by musclassia on 19.08.2020 at 10:27

I have to admit that I did not like their last album at all, but my tastes have changed in the past few years so I'm intrigued to see if I'm any more receptive to them this time around

I never liked their stuff either, there are really good moments, but generally mudded with random stuff.

Their collab work was their best work till now, this new song is miles ahead of their previous stuff
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30.09.2020 - 15:16
Rating: 9
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Aaaaaand suddenly this as well as the new Serpent Column and Vonlaus that were also set for release today have all disappeared from Bandcamp

I really hope they're just saving all three for the 2nd now because of Bandcamp Friday. If that's not the case I may just have to strangle somebody.
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30.09.2020 - 20:10
Rating: 9
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Jamescarpathian please stop teasing my penis with that 10 vote, we all know you probably haven't even heard this thing in full. And if you have I am feeling severe envy which may just lead to me burning down your house, raping your wife, and selling your children into slavery.
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30.09.2020 - 21:15
sgtrobo
Written by Apothecary on 30.09.2020 at 15:16

Aaaaaand suddenly this as well as the new Serpent Column and Vonlaus that were also set for release today have all disappeared from Bandcamp

I really hope they're just saving all three for the 2nd now because of Bandcamp Friday. If that's not the case I may just have to strangle somebody.


ok, i was just about to cry alligator tears, as I couldn't find it myself
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30.09.2020 - 23:24
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Apothecary on 30.09.2020 at 20:10

Jamescarpathian please stop teasing my penis with that 10 vote, we all know you probably haven't even heard this thing in full. And if you have I am feeling severe envy which may just lead to me burning down your house, raping your wife, and selling your children into slavery.

Am I crazy or is this not the bandcamp link for the release?
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get that bag
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30.09.2020 - 23:58
Rating: 9
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Alright, this as well as the new Serpent Column and Vonlaus EP are now up on Bandcamp

With my first listen I have to say that if anything draws particular attention it's the improved production. Not that past Skáphe releases were bad by any means, but they were a little rawer and murkier on the production. The production here, meanwhile, is a lot cleaner and more spacious, which in a way is better as it allows all the different layers of the composition and the psychedelic atmosphere to shine and be taken in a lot more effectively.

This could very well be their best release yet, but I'll need a few more spins before I call it as such.
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01.10.2020 - 02:30
Rating: 9
Neachy
Written by Apothecary on 30.09.2020 at 23:58


With my first listen I have to say that if anything draws particular attention it's the improved production. Not that past Skáphe releases were bad by any means, but they were a little rawer and murkier on the production. The production here, meanwhile, is a lot cleaner and more spacious, which in a way is better as it allows all the different layers of the composition and the psychedelic atmosphere to shine and be taken in a lot more effectively.


That was my first thought as well. "Dynamic" was the word that came to mind to describe the production and the overall atmosphere. The drumming also seems more adventurous than before.
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01.10.2020 - 14:16
Rating: 8
musclassia
I remember hating their previous album, but this is a lot more digestible and likeable; have they toned down the extremity of the aggression/dissonance this time around? I feel like I would have been able to stomach this album fairly well in 2016, but I couldn't stand Skaphe2.
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01.10.2020 - 23:18
Rating: 9
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by musclassia on 01.10.2020 at 14:16

I remember hating their previous album, but this is a lot more digestible and likeable; have they toned down the extremity of the aggression/dissonance this time around? I feel like I would have been able to stomach this album fairly well in 2016, but I couldn't stand Skaphe2.

The production is definitely less murky and raw than on their past releases. I wouldn't call those past releases bad by any means, but the cleaner production here definitely works for the better, I think.
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03.10.2020 - 22:22
Rating: 7
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Gotta check this!
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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05.10.2020 - 17:20
Rating: 10
Rulatore
The production here is so much better, they really needed it to take to their sound to the next level. It's like they used what they learned on their collab work, this album is so good
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12.10.2020 - 08:14
Rating: 7
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Dang I don't really like this one. I think ^2 had better atmosphere/production. Especially on the vocals and the soaring & dissonant guitars. This feels a little too "normal" and less eccentric.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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16.10.2020 - 00:01
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Boxcar Willy on 12.10.2020 at 08:14

Dang I don't really like this one. I think ^2 had better atmosphere/production. Especially on the vocals and the soaring & dissonant guitars. This feels a little too "normal" and less eccentric.

I completely disagree. I think the production on this one allows you to actually fully appreciate the many layers in each song. It might be a little bit "cleaner" production but I don't think that's a bad thing.
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get that bag
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17.10.2020 - 21:04
Rating: 9
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Interesting how people are reacting differently to the improved production here then, reminds me of the response to the latest Portal album as well. Although I'd wager this isn't nearly as polarizing.
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18.10.2020 - 00:53
Rating: 7
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Apothecary on 17.10.2020 at 21:04

Interesting how people are reacting differently to the improved production here then, reminds me of the response to the latest Portal album as well. Although I'd wager this isn't nearly as polarizing.

Sounds like I'd enjoy it judging by the comments on the album thread. Gunna listen tonight.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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22.10.2020 - 17:58
Rating: 10
Rulatore
I think this now is my AOTY, taking that spot from Havukruunu. This album is truly impressive stuff, cannot get enough of it
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