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Rapheumet's Well - The Exile

Rapheumet's Well
The Exile
by Craig Rider at 13 July 2016, 8:15 PM

What's up, Metal maniacs? I'm here once again to give you an insight; this time, on the American quintet known as: RAPHEUMET'S WELL on their 2nd album: “The Exile” performing Death/Black Metal, signed via Test Your Metal Records. Implementing Orchestral melodies in Death and Black Metal is probably an unheard of thing for most of us; it's like when MANOWAR did that for their album: “Kings of Metal” on the song: “The Crown and the Ring”, they say they were the first Metal band to put that element into fruition. RAPHEUMET'S WELL could very well be one of the firsts in Death and Black Metal to use this element into a more full-on consistently driven focus? Never the less, we have here a quartet that push the boundaries of this visionary task…it works well, to an extent, for atmospheric purposes “The Exile” sounds great; the Death Metal portion serves brilliantly well, as does the Black Metal side. As for the Orchestral (Metal?) intentions – atmospherically it adjust-fully works, and additionally adds flavour to the maelstrom, here and there I noticed some nice Hardcore transitions as well…which shows how they want to push the boundaries very well.

Multiple musicians abound here: Nathauj on bass; Nasaru on drums (and clean vocals) thump their powers that be with blunt force trauma, Asteroth and Rafumet on guitars showcase some intensified riffs that implode a ferocity of rage and skill. Dekerath on keyboards uses the orchestral intent as progressively as possible; last but not least, Voryanth on lead vocals showcases some brutally powerful cords that mix well with the Death/Black Metal rift. This is group that have profession in their musicianship and instrumentality; everything sounds unique and original. The orchestral elements have a new intrigue that focuses on something special, from the ground up, the “The Exile” begins with that notion in mind and transcends into a Death/Black Metal gore fest. This record is a fun intuition that acknowledges the blend of every genre imaginable and tries implementing all relatable genres into the mix.

Beginning with: “Resurrecting the Blood Gate”, I feel compelled to say that this is an utmost unique listen I have acquainted myself with and is a breath of fresh air for unique sake. With songs like “The Blight of Sotath Shal” and “The Epic of Darmak”, fusing Death and Black Metal can be well noticed in a joint gap in between certain coalitions. “Crucible of Titans” and “Resurgence” compile more implemented progression while surging a thorough complex vision with clean female vocals and energy that left me in head banging awe. Similarly found in “Witch of the Dark Spire” and the titular track: “The Exile”, composing in more of an atmospheric transition while keeping the Death and Black integration mode in head-on impact. And so the album ends with: “Planetary Cenotaph” and in stunningly brutal fashion; mixes all of the above, and compiles an utmost original and memorable album that should be listen to at least once. “The Exile” is compiled with 8 lengthy tracks and are free for you to listen to via their bandcamp website. So, this gives you the opportunity to be the judge. Is it an album of the year? Not necessarily. But it's up there on one of the most unique listens you'll find in 2016.

Songwriting: 9/10
Memorability: 8/10
Originality: 9/10
Sound Production: 8/10

4 Star Rating

1. Resurrecting the Blood Gate
2. The Blight of Sotath Shal
3. The Epic of Darmak
4. Crucible of Titans
5. Resurgence
6. Witch of Dark Spire
7. The Exile
8. Planetary Cenotaph
Tripp King (Voryanth) - Lead Vocals
Annette Greene (Dekerath) - Clean Vocals/Keys
Jon Finney (Nathauj) - Bass
Daniel Presnell (Asteroth) - Guitar
Hunter Ross (Rafumet) - Guitar
Joshua Ward (Nasaru) - Drums
Record Label: Test Your Metal Records


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