Vhöl - Deeper than Sky (2015)


As one of the wackiest releases of 2015, today we have Vhöl and their sophomore release “Deeper than Sky”. Featuring members of Agalloch, Hammers of Misfortune and YOB, this is one super group with enough musical chops to make even the weirdest sound great. IF we had to categorize their music, we would say that they play Avant-garde Heavy/Thrash Metal, due to the mixture of genres surfacing thought this release.

Opening with the Deathklok-esque “The Desolate Damned”, the band delivers an intense music with some brilliant guitar wizardry, which interestingly enough have Mike Scheidt handling vocal duties while John Cobbett handles the guitars. After an unconventional opening, “3AM” feels a bit more like a traditional Heavy Metal song with some funky drumming, courtesy of Aesop Dekker. Mike’s vocals are very versatile, as anybody that listens to YOB can attest, and they perfectly fit each track’s unique level of madness.

Continuing the onslaught with the Thrash-esque structure of “Deeper than Sky”, we get some interesting tempo changes and NWOBHM-like vocals that turn harsh in some points. The improvisational Jazzy piece “Paino” showcases Sigrid Sheie’s playful bass guitar line pitted against a piano backdrop. Only when you think things could not get weirder, we have the Destruction/Exodus-esque “Red Chaos” opening, which later evolves into a completely different beast.

Closing the release with two more bizarre yet awesome tracks “Lightless Sun” and “The Tomb”, we are blown away at the level of originality presented in this release. Each track is its own different kind of crazy and we love “Deeper than Sky” just because of this. Having talented musicians with great skills has never produced a more intense and diverse album as this one, so be sure to check it out.

Band: Vhöl Album: Deeper than Sky

Label: Profound Lore Records

Release: October 23rd, 2015

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Genre: Avant-garde Heavy/Thrash Metal

Country: USA

Rating: 92/100

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