From the outset, THE LOST & THE LONGING seems like an ambitious crossover. MORE: DUNE RATS: …
Melbourne up and comers Scaphis made quite the ripple amongst niche extreme metal fans with their debut LP Rituals of Torture and Death, in 2017.
MORE: SUNK LOTO: No More Anxiety // STEEL PANTHER: Bringing The Debauchery Down Under REVIEWS: RAISED AS WOLVES: Nervous Feelings // THORNHILL: Heroine // ALEXISONFIRE: Otherness // GREY DAZE: The Phoenix // JOYCE MANOR: 40 Oz. To Fresno // STAND ATLANTIC: F.E.A.R // TERROR PARADE: Revolution // YOURS TRULY: is this what i look like? // OUTRIGHT: Keep You Warm
On the group’s much awaited follow up Dissected & Fermented, they continue to define their sound through a flurry of aggressive hooks; rapidly changing riffs and unrelenting double kicks that’ll be sure to garner the currently unsigned band even more attention.
Similarly to its predecessor, Dissected & Fermented sticks pretty true to the traits of death metal. From the impressive use of tremolo picking showcased on Broken By The Wheel and Flesh Prison; to The Black Dahlia Murder-esque sweeps of Let Me Out, Scaphis stick to the tried and true formula, but this time around it’s delivered with much more finesse. With songs like Blood Eagle and Tower of the Damned seeing the group stray into slower time signatures, allowing them the freedom to play around with higher harmonics and more open breakdowns.
Scaphis have absolutely knocked it out of the park with Dissected & Fermented. Not only is it a fresh take on death metal, it’s an undeniable statement on the band’s ability as songwriters and one that’ll be sure to earn them some well deserved label attention.
With a refined narrational approach to her writing, Spyke Jägerkrieg’s evocative and story-based lyrics shine. The Hunt depicts the dichotomy between predator and prey through the immersive and panic-inducing story of a hunter becoming the hunted, whilst Plague touches on human’s habitual nature of taking from the world without giving back. As a culmination, the albums title track & closer Dissected & Fermented delves into more a traditional metal style, rounding out the group’s second release with huge riffs; groove laden rhythms and epic solo’s. For relatively new kids on the block, Scaphis have absolutely knocked it out of the park with Dissected & Fermented. Not only is it a fresh take on death metal, it’s an undeniable statement on the band’s ability as songwriters and one that’ll be sure to earn them some well deserved label attention.
STANDOUT TRACKS: The Hunt, Plague, Blood Eagle
STICK THIS NEXT TO: The Black Dahlia Murder , Hollow World, Lamb Of God