Irish black metal band Apokathilosis sounds like pure rage that just so happened to be recorded. Where Angels Fear To Tread is meant to wake you up from a stupor. It is meant to make you feel powerful and liberate you from the constraints that society as well as yourself have put upon your own being. Where Angels Fear To Tread is suppose to be liberating and freeing and empowering and through six songs, Apokathilosis achieves that. With their traditional brand of black metal, these Irish lads scorch the skin, sear the soul and free the mind and let it roam wherever it may.
Where Angels Fear To Tread is straight to the vein black metal. There aren’t any symphonic elements to this, and there aren’t any other brands of metal here either. What you get with Apokathilosis is straight and pure black metal. The music is raw and visceral and doesn’t skimp on being visceral or blasphemous.
One song after the next is played with an intensity that may or may not be able to be matched. Each song writhes with black metal pride and boasts with darkened and harrowing sounds. Wading through this release is like wading through a blackened abyss where there is no way out. But with this album-unlike the darkened abyss-there is a way out, and that is by freeing your mind and being as individual as you can be.
The concept behind this album is to be rebellious and to break the chains of the norm. Who the fuck likes to be normal anyway? Where Angels Fear To Tread challenges you to break the cycle of being a sheep, and challenges you to find individuality and freedom among your own self. This album is mean to make you think about other things are out there for you and that you don’t have to conform to what everyone else believes is norm.
Along with the powerful and provocative concept comes powerful music. The blistering tremolo picking leaves you dazed, the drums blast and pummel their way into your psyche, the bass lines are thick and ever present and the vocals are ripping and screeched throughout the entire release. To go along with the throat bleeding vocals are choral-esque vocals that provide a certain haunting atmosphere and coupled with the choral vocals are damning whispers that can be heard all throughout.
Where Angels Fear To Tread makes a statement with its brave concept and enforces it with pure, unfiltered and raw black metal. The music that you hear pouring out of your speakers is unadulterated black metal. It has not been tampered with, and what you get is a purely earth scorching performance.
Check out the song Awaken Thee right here!