Skáphe - Skáphe²



7.6 | 54 votes |
Release date: 21 February 2016
Style: Psychedelic black metal

Owners:

29 have it
8 want it


01. I
02. II
03. III
04. IV
05. V
06. VI

Line-up
D.G. - unknown
Alex Poole - all instruments, vocals

Guest review by
Neachy
Rating:
9.8
Asphyxiating. Hellish. Unrepentingly dark. How does one adequately describe a modern metal album without resorting to to the same tired cliches that are tossed out by every record label and 2-bit amateur reviewer when they want to heap praise on whatever flavor-of-the-week metal band is "redefining dark"?

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published 23.04.2018 | Comments (3)

A wise man once said that "two heads are better than one," and perhaps no album this year has yet demonstrated the truth of this maxim better than Skáphe². The grand result of the combination of the talented Alex Poole (Chaos Moon, Esoterica, Krieg) and the mysterious D.G. (Misþyrming, Naðra), this album is a mesmerizing journey through the capabilities of two of the best composers modern black metal has to offer. AOTY contender.

Name your price on Bandcamp. The Elder Gods are feeling generous.

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23.02.2016 - 19:32
Rating: 8
Paź
ex-News Man
Cheers!

Shouldn't we change the release date to February 21st? It's available on vinyl and digitally since then. Only CD/CS premiere is delayed.
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23.02.2016 - 19:35
!J.O.O.E.!
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Well it's out, so yep. Change it I say.
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23.02.2016 - 19:40
Rating: 8
Paź
ex-News Man
Written by Guest on 23.02.2016 at 19:35

Well it's out, so yep. Change it I say.

Done.
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23.02.2016 - 19:43
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Paź on 23.02.2016 at 19:40

Done.

Weee, and now we watch the scores fly in.
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23.02.2016 - 21:20
Rating: 9
Neachy
I'll bump this thing to a 10 if I still like it so much in a month or so.
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23.02.2016 - 23:04
Rating: 9
mz
Shouldn't we really call it psychedelic black?
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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24.02.2016 - 04:02
Fearmeister
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Remember you guys made fun of me for liking all these I, Voidhanger albums? Those were the days

(I haven't listened to this yet btw)
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05.03.2016 - 23:16
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Well I've been sleeping pretty hard on this album, apparently. Finally getting around to it and DAMN, the hype is totally worth it for this one. I hear Blut Aus Nord in this, I hear some BTC stuff like Volahn and Arizmenda (more so the latter), I hear some Wormlust, and there's even a bit of influence from the bands of the parties involved, sprinkles of Chaos Moon and Mispyrming here and there. Fortunately though it doesn't sound too much like any of those bands at all, very distinct identity. Wonderful release, and one that's quickly climbing to the top of my BM 2016 list
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06.03.2016 - 00:26
Rating: 7
Zap
Phlegmish
I should really give this a spin...
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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06.03.2016 - 02:08
Maco
Classless
Yes you should, I'm on my first spin and I can safely say that this stuff is something else.
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Never trust a junkie.
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06.03.2016 - 03:42
Rating: 9
Neachy
Written by Apothecary on 05.03.2016 at 23:16

Well I've been sleeping pretty hard on this album, apparently. Finally getting around to it and DAMN, the hype is totally worth it for this one. I hear Blut Aus Nord in this, I hear some BTC stuff like Volahn and Arizmenda (more so the latter), I hear some Wormlust, and there's even a bit of influence from the bands of the parties involved, sprinkles of Chaos Moon and Mispyrming here and there. Fortunately though it doesn't sound too much like any of those bands at all, very distinct identity. Wonderful release, and one that's quickly climbing to the top of my BM 2016 list


Better late than never. Welcome aboard!
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07.03.2016 - 17:53
3rdWorld
China was a neat
Been listening to this for quite a while but reading Che's staff pick now I almost feel this is like a supergroup, really gotta get to those other bands of these guys. But still, just like that last Misþyrming record, this one just doesn't feel that special to me. Can't figure out why but I will surely give this more spins and try to find it out.
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07.03.2016 - 19:52
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by 3rdWorld on 07.03.2016 at 17:53

Been listening to this for quite a while but reading Che's staff pick now I almost feel this is like a supergroup, really gotta get to those other bands of these guys. But still, just like that last Misþyrming record, this one just doesn't feel that special to me. Can't figure out why but I will surely give this more spins and try to find it out.

I guess you could call it that, I was kinda under the impression that a "supergroup" is composed of at least 3 or more members, but.... whatever's clever
And I'd definitely say this one is better than that Misþyrming album, that one was good, but this is just a whole different ball game. I could be wrong, of course, but I think the really psychedelic-y, dark atmospheric approach is coming more from Poole than D.G. though, so that could explain it.... I'd definitely suggest checking out some Chaos Moon if you haven't yet
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08.03.2016 - 04:37
Rating: 9
Neachy
Written by Apothecary on 07.03.2016 at 19:52

I could be wrong, of course, but I think the really psychedelic-y, dark atmospheric approach is coming more from Poole than D.G. though, so that could explain it.... I'd definitely suggest checking out some Chaos Moon if you haven't yet


I asked the person running Fallen Empire's bandcamp if D.G. contributed anything but vocals and confirmed A.P. did all the music and D.G. just did vocals.
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08.03.2016 - 04:52
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Neachy on 08.03.2016 at 04:37

I asked the person running Fallen Empire's bandcamp if D.G. contributed anything but vocals and confirmed A.P. did all the music and D.G. just did vocals.

I had a feeling he exerted more of an influence, this does overall sound closer to his work than to D.G's. Pretty impressive, only further testament to his prowess as a songwriter in that case
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12.03.2016 - 18:22
esotericabm
Written by Apothecary on 08.03.2016 at 04:52

Written by Neachy on 08.03.2016 at 04:37

I asked the person running Fallen Empire's bandcamp if D.G. contributed anything but vocals and confirmed A.P. did all the music and D.G. just did vocals.

I had a feeling he exerted more of an influence, this does overall sound closer to his work than to D.G's. Pretty impressive, only further testament to his prowess as a songwriter in that case


All of the material was written/recorded at the same time as the first album with the intentions of the old vocalist doing vocals. I haven't really written any Skáphe material since 2014 (well, up until recently).
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28.09.2016 - 20:41
!J.O.O.E.!
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Haven't revisited this very much this half of of the year. Really not sure why, it's still magnificent and weirdly easy to digest. Incredibly distinctive sounding too.
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17.10.2016 - 06:10
3rdWorld
China was a neat
Indeed, this is definitely among the best of bm this year. Enjoying it a lot more than when I first checked it out. Indeed the songwriting and sound is Wormlust/Arizmenda-esque with more leanings toward the later. Pretty outstanding tbh. 9/10 material.
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28.12.2016 - 17:05
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by mz on 22.02.2016 at 23:20

Definition of Scaphism

That is fucking awesome, thanks for the lengthy explanation. But you know, taking that into account and then glancing at that album cover... do you think the artwork is trying to depict a victim of this brutal torture technique? It sure looks like it, doesn't it?
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28.12.2016 - 17:40
Rating: 9
mz
Written by Apothecary on 28.12.2016 at 17:05

Written by mz on 22.02.2016 at 23:20

Definition of Scaphism

That is fucking awesome, thanks for the lengthy explanation. But you know, taking that into account and then glancing at that album cover... do you think the artwork is trying to depict a victim of this brutal torture technique? It sure looks like it, doesn't it?


yeah I think so. Makes sense to me.
And dont thank me, thank wikipedia ;_
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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28.12.2016 - 17:40
Rating: 9
mz
Written by Apothecary on 28.12.2016 at 17:05

Written by mz on 22.02.2016 at 23:20

Definition of Scaphism

That is fucking awesome, thanks for the lengthy explanation. But you know, taking that into account and then glancing at that album cover... do you think the artwork is trying to depict a victim of this brutal torture technique? It sure looks like it, doesn't it?


yeah I think so. Makes sense to me.
And dont thank me, thank wikipedia ;_
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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16.01.2017 - 02:16
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
No shame at all in bumping it up to a 10 with this one. Seriously, what a fucking phenomenal band and album, I am foaming at the mouth for the next release
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29.01.2017 - 06:55
Fearmeister
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I was scrolling down and realized that I voted on this. Damn, I don't remember anything about this album
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10.03.2017 - 03:08
LuciferOfGayness
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I actually had to listen to the latest ep to realize that this is fantastic. This album starts of in the vein of DsO but I think it finishes somewhere else.
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10.03.2017 - 21:23
3rdWorld
China was a neat
III is the best track for me. Just mindblowing.
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15.11.2017 - 03:36
VIG
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^My favorite track of theirs is "V". It's just so massive. "III" isn't far behind.

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28.04.2018 - 07:11
Rating: 8
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Wow usually I'm not drinking the MS Kool-aid but this album is awesome.
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14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
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02.05.2018 - 08:42
@gent_-_orange
Awesome, a very dark album, regardless of whether you like this album or not it is at the very least interesting.
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