Now if that isn’t the creepiest, most unsettling album cover there has ever been then I am the next president of fucking Botswana because that shit, right there, is the definition of “haunting”. If you’re not like most people and have heard The Wakedead Gathering’s first two full length albums, then perhaps third times the charm with “Fuscus: Strings of the Black Lyre” being an absolutely terrifying piece of death metal. Carving out the darkest caverns in the depths of your mind, The Wakedead Gathering are here to claim the very souls of its listeners with this album.
If you thought the cover art was petrifying then the theme of “Fuscus: Strings of the Black Lyre” is going to leave you stone cold mortified. This 7-track album tells the gruesome story of a dark witch hunt that goes horribly awry as those hunting the witches have their own children turn into mindless aberrations that will stop at nothing to exterminate their families that are now no more than pests to be eradicated to them. Fucking gruesome and a marvelous topic to have for a blackened death album one hundred percent. The most haunting thing in all of “Fuscus: Strings of the Black Lyre” for me definitely has to be the vocals because they just cut so goddamn deep that its just spine chilling in its dullest moments. The Wakedead Gathering also don’t just stick witch your conventional guitars, bass, and drums, oh no, they have quick moments of others like a piano for example that are used phenomenally well to create an even more haunting feel that had already infected your brains at that point. Did I fail to mention that The Wakedead Gathering is actually a one man band? I did? Well, fuck, now you know and you should be as impressed as I am that one man has the capacity to create such a dark and meaty album that even quartets would take years to even fathom.
“Fuscus: Strings of the Black Lyre” is the epitome of blackened death for the new year, I promise you. It has got everything you want from a dark and murderous theme to an overall feel that has the kindness of a meat grinder set on maximum overdrive. Face melting and completely raw, the man behind The Wakedead Gathering truly is your man when it comes to quality blackened death, and I plan on hearing more from him right now.
“Fuscus: Strings of the Black Lyre” releases on February 5th!
LISTEN to “Fuscus: Strings of the Black Lyre” on Bandcamp here.
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