Between the Worlds of Life and Death

Vale of Pnath

What truly sets this album apart is its uncompromising commitment to pushing the boundaries of extreme music. With blistering guitar rhythms, bone-crushing drums, and vocals that range from deep gutturals to primal screams, it's a masterclass in musical aggression. Get ready to dive headfirst into the abyss.
April 2, 2024

The band released the following statement concerning the new album: "It’s been five years since our last release. The EP really was a new avenue for the band as we leaned further toward a more blackened approach stylistically. Having more of a tech death background, this EP was a way to lead our fans into the next era. “Between The Worlds of Life and Death” is an album that really is just a continuation of what we started with. It captures the band's core sound, but also brings a newer and bold take on this brand of metal. We want this to be the most approachable album we have made for metal fans. We want people to put this on and be sucked in immediately, yet keep coming back for more.”

“The Forgotten Path” is the first song; an introduction to the album. Drums ring out in the deep, with brass and strings. Something prophetic comes…it segues into “Silent Prayers.” A cavernous sound of abounding guitars, contentious drumming and harsh vocals opens up. It’s a mixture of Black Metal and Death Metal, with Progressive and symphonic elements in tow. “Soul Offering” is just as deep, and the band thickens up the sound with just about everything they can think of. The speed of drummer Gabe is quite amazing…he expertly drives the car with his feet and hands, and could steer it with his eyes closed.

“Shadow” begins with a slower pace, as the jet engines and rocked fueled fire of the two previous tracks cools just a bit. Soon enough however, the fires burn out of control. Those lead guitar breaks are blistering as well. “Uncertain Tomorrow” lets off the gas pedal just a bit, so that those harrowing sounds can soak in. The band also tosses in some Progressive elements and shows their musical prowess by a sound that is tenacious and unyielding. They have burned me to near crispy so far. “Beneath Ashen Skies” is another overgrown attack by the assailant, beating the victim to a bloody pulp with fists, feet, and anything else he can get his hands on.

“No Return, No Regret” shows the level of resolve the band has on the album. They will divide your massive army, and conquer it, then burn the dead with precision strikes and deadly accuracy, so that there is nothing left. “Echoes of the Past” is an interlude with a reprieve from the chaos, but it amps back up again with the closer, “Burning Light.” Those staccato rhythm notes attack like a grizzly bear, sinking his teeth into your skull and ripping you to shreds with his serrated claws.

Stylistically, I would call this the bastard child of Tech Death and Black Metal, yet it morphs so quickly and shifts through other styles, you can’t keep up. But what truly sets this album apart is its uncompromising commitment to pushing the boundaries of extreme music. With blistering guitar rhythms, bone-crushing drums, and vocals that range from deep gutturals to primal screams, it's a masterclass in musical aggression. Get ready to dive headfirst into the abyss.

10 / 10

Masterpiece

Songwritting

10

Musicianship

10

Memorability

9

Production

10
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"Between the Worlds of Life and Death" Track-listing:

1. The Forgotten Path

2. Silent Prayers

3. Soul Offering

4. Shadow

5. Uncertain Tomorrow

6. Beneath Ashen Skies

7. No Return, No Regret

8. Echoes of the Past

9. Burning Light

 

Vale of Pnath Lineup:

Ken Scorceron – Vocals, Guitar

Vance Valenzuela – Guitar

Gabe Seeber – Drums

Austin Rolla – Bass

 

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