Scythian ‎–Hubris in Excelsis cd

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Hubris In Excelsis is London based Scythian’s sophomore full length album and to put it simply, this is one of the better black/thrash albums in recent memory. The usual sources are all present: Destroyer 666, Aura Noir, that Hell Awaits rippery. Beyond the obvious, however, is the ever-present Bathory influence, and not just one era, but as much Hammerheart as the expected Return. “Apocalyptic Visions” opens with Bathory’s classic electric/acoustic co-strumming, and gets heavy with the bombastic landings; “Three Stigmata” adopts that unmistakeable “A Fine Day To Die” vibe; hell, the whole thing is spiced with the types of chants and rhythms that should be familiar to any fan of the Viking era. This is not to say that Hubris In Excelsis sounds exactly like a Bathory album. Far from it, actually, it’s just that all those Quorthonian injections are used in a manner that can be traced directly to Bathory (and thus, some of them directly to Manowar). These additions, and the epic vibe that comes as a result, move the album slightly away from the Cold Steels or Towards Eschatons that it most closely resembles from a straight riff standpoint. And those riffs… hot damn those riffs. If there exists an ace air guitarist in you somewhere, Scythian will bring it out. There is seemingly no end to the scorching, acrobatic, and (most importantly) catchy riffage on Hubris In Excelsis, and Scythian delivers it about as good as any of their stylistic forerunners. Guitars splatter, dance, weave, slide, poke, punch, and explode, while tempo changes and a blast-happy drum performance add a touch of dynamics to the surprisingly nuanced songwriting. To top it all off are the solos, which range from the dying cat Slayer variety in closer “Dystopia” to the tap-happy D666 style heard in “As Tyrants Feast.” Tyrants feast, and we feast. Hubris In Excelsis has nary a moment that lacks excitement, and keeping that devilish grin down may prove to be quite difficult. New bands beware, Scythian aims to cause a worldwide shortage of riffs by hogging them all for themselves.

Track list:
1. Beyond The Dust
2. Hubris In Excelsis
3. Apocalyptic Visions
4. As Tyrants Feast
5. Penultimate Truth Ultimate Deceit
6. The Laws
7. Three Stigmata
8. War Graves (Dulce Et Decorum Est)
9. Dystopia

Additional Information

Label

Hells Headbangers Records

Release Year

2015

Catalogue Number

HELLS145