Skelethal – Unveiling the Threshold


Skelethal is a death metal band from Lille in France and, “Unveiling the Threshold” is the band’s second full-length album since the birth of the band in 2012. They have also done a number of demos, ep´s, and a compilation album. “Unveiling the Threshold” will be out on November 20 through Hells Headbangers.

There seem to be lots of quality death metal albums released this year and this is an album that fits in the quality box. This is a modern old-school death metal album where you think about the late ’80s and early/mid-’90s death metal albums, that came out from Sweden and the USA at the time. I am thinking about Dismember, Entombed (Nihilist), Carnage, Morbid Angel to drop a few bands to describe or guide to Skelethal‘s sound.

Skelethal is simple and clear, an old-school death metal band that is influenced and inspired by the scene that once was and it’s quite nice to hear something new that makes you think of something old, the death metal scene that once was. This is not something for the ones who want lots of melodies in their death metal or something totally new and fresh, this is for fans of old-school death metal.

The music is quite fast and a bit groovy, but it has its twists and turns and changes here and there. There is a little doomy feeling to the music and there is a nice atmosphere all through. The vocals are always deep growl with some screams here and there.

The album starts with a short intro in the song “Sidereal Lifespan”, kind of spooky feeling to it, and then they break loose and you get a punch in the stomach death metal. Then the album continues in that matter almost all through, with some breaks and nice guitar solos.

This is a great example of when new meets old and is working out really well, it’s like taking the best out of two eras and combine them and then name that “Unveiling the Threshold“.

This album is as morbid as it gets, really well performed that should attract most fans of death metal. You get your dose of almost everything that is death metal. The sound is also really good on this album and the variety in tempo between the songs and also in the songs make it interesting to listen.


Skelethal is a death metal band from France. After a line up change in 2019, they released a EP and a new full length is scheduled for 2020. The shooting was done in Tourcoing, near Lille.

Line-up:

Guillaume Zeller – guitars / vocals
Lucas Scellier – guitars
Julien Bouly – bass
Lorenzo Vissol – drums


Track-list:

1. Sidereal Lifespan
2. Antropomorphia
3. Emerging From the Ethereal Threshold
4. Repulsive Recollections
5. Cave Dwellers
6. On Somber Soil
7. Adorned with the Black Vetebra
8. Abyssal Church… The Portal Revealed



Artist: Skelethal
Album title: Unveiling the Threshold
Genre: Death Metal
Country/Location: France, Lille
Record label: Hells Headbangers
Release date: November 20, 2020


Format Reviewed: Digital promotion album, 320 kbp/s mp3


Skelethal - Unveiling the Threshold
  • 75%
    Artist - Album - 75%
  • 80%
    Sound - 80%
77.5%

Summary

Skelethal delivers excellent old-school death metal on this album, “Unveiling the Threshold“. You will not get much rest when listening to the album, it may not be the album to choose when you are trying to get some sleep.

There are some highlights on this album, for me, it’s the tracks “Adorned with the Black Vetebra”, “Abyssal Church… The Portal Revealed” and “Repulsive Recollections”. But, if you like your death metal old-school, with a more modern sound, a little groovy and doomy with a nice atmosphere, then look no further, Skelethal and their latest album “Unveiling the Threshold” is something that you should check out.

Would I buy this album?
Maybe, but the more I listen to death metal nowadays, the more I regret that I have sold and traded away many of my death metal records prior to black metal records….


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