Witherscape
The Inheritance


4.0
excellent

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (68 Reviews)
February 7th, 2014 | 22 replies


Release Date: 08/06/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A progressive and melodic death metal album that has all the variety and balance one could want, but lacks a distinct direction.

Just when you thought you had heard every musical gem 2013 had to offer the metal community, along came a band called Witherscape. The band is a project of Nightingale frontman Dan Swano. Despite playing progressive rock in Nightingale, Swano has adopted a much heavier style consisting of melodic death metal with progressive elements. The album does a good job mixing the old with the new, so to speak, and despite being essentially a side project, the material is strong enough to stand on it's own.

Notwithstanding it's death metal tag, “The inheritance” isn’t by any means dominated by the genre, and is surprisingly accessible. Nearly each track is extremely melodic and emotionally charged. Song progression showcases a lot of variety as demonstrated by the opener, “Mother of the Soul”. The band seamlessly transitions between dark and broodingly gothic atmospheres that contains acoustic guitar play reminiscent of Opeth, and mid-tempo, heavy riffing. It is this ability to write songs with both styles that makes Witherscape truly stand out, as "The Inheritance" offers material that is if filled with desolation and beauty one minute, and extreme and brutal material filled with rage the next. The vocals change with the instrumentals, with heavy riffing accompanied by hoarse death growling and clean singing blending with acoustic mellow moments. Swano demonstrates good command of both vocal styles and the whole band does a good job of holding the listener’s rapt attention. “The Inheritance” will often surprise listeners with the sheer amount of material crammed into each track, but this is where some listeners may get lost, however, as some songs try to accomplish too much and do not have much direction. Far too often you may find yourself really digging a certain riff or harmony, and right when you thought the band had found their stride, they are pursuing a different direction altogether. Many songs sound as if the band is building towards one final extraordinary climactic point, yet the band unfortunately never quite reaches it.

That being said though, Witherscape is an album that can be digested in many, many ways. The lack of a clear direction is a fine problem to have when you consider the amount of material that is here. This album has the kind of variety you would expect from an Opeth album, and it does a fine job of mixing modern death metal with traditional and progressive influences. It may click on your first listen, or it may take several to fully understand, but one thing that is crystal clear, is that this band deserves way more attention. You can hear the blood, sweat and tears that went into crafting this record, and it gives you a level of appreciation that is rarely found in modern metal.



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ThrashTillDeath94
February 6th 2014


595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The opener: Mother of the Soul
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K76kXlyJTGU

This needed a review badly.


Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2014


6205 Comments


It would be great if you elaborated a bit more about the style of the mellower parts. Are they into '70s (prog) rock for example? Other than that, your review reads well, pos.


One suggestion:

The band transitions between dark and brooding atmospheres that contain acoustic guitar play reminiscent of Opeth, and mid-tempo, heavy riffing seamlessly

The band seamlessly transitions between...[...]

Digging: Seduced (AT) - The Proclamation

ThrashTillDeath94
February 7th 2014


595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Suggestion noted and fixed, and thanks for the pos.

I tried to elaborate a bit more on the acoustic moments, but for whatever reason I struggle with it.

Also, have you heard this album yet?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2014


6205 Comments


Unfortunately, I haven't granted the album a listen yet, so many albums so little time.

CaptainDooRight
February 7th 2014


29940 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice


Digging: Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation of Hypocritical Ambivalence

ThrashTillDeath94
February 7th 2014


595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I know what you mean. I have yet to listen to any 2014 albums for fear that I have missed some good ones from last year.

ResidentNihilist
February 7th 2014


1108 Comments


Decent review prolly will do one with a 3 though. I just don't like this in comparison to what he's done with both Eos and Nightingale.

Digging: Nostromo - Hysteron - Proteron

FrozenVain
February 7th 2014


2445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good to see this with a review. Nice job, pos'd.

lalchimiste
March 19th 2014


257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Nice review, great album. The production on this is just next level. Oh lord Swano!

Digging: Falls of Rauros - Believe in No Coming Shore

CaptainDooRight
March 19th 2014


29940 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Col to hear someone who's heard of nightingale. Even tho I don't listen to them anymore I still own every one of their albums. Like actual CDs

Vakarian12
April 30th 2014


3873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

clean vox sound a lot like akerfeldt

lalchimiste
May 1st 2014


257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

what? more like howlin' wolfe meets jim morrison

lalchimiste
May 1st 2014


257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

well, not really either

Totengott
May 30th 2014


1177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Digging this. Heard 2 songs so far, really liking it.

Digging: Head Control System - Murder Nature

CaptainDooRight
May 30th 2014


29940 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah it's great isn't it

Totengott
May 30th 2014


1177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely, listening to the other songs now.

Totengott
May 30th 2014


1177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh yeah, sorry. This review is excellent, good job.

CaptainDooRight
May 30th 2014


29940 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you, I appreciate you noticing.

ThrashTillDeath94
May 30th 2014


595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for reading it.

ScuroFantasma
May 30th 2014


2243 Comments


Fantastic album, good review too man

Digging: Opeth - Deliverance



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