North Carolina's Rapheumets Well have returned with a compilation that is in the progressive and symphonic style of black/death metal and this is a review of their 2018 album "The Elder's Anthology" which also consists of remixed and remastered songs from their 3 albums and will be released on October 26th by Test Your Metal Records.
Acoustic guitar playing starts off the compilation before going into a heavier direction while the symphonic elements are also mixed in with the heavy parts off the songs along with the faster sections of the songs also bringing in a great amount of blast beats and the vocals a re a mixture of black metal screams and death metal growls.
When solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic and technical style while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the riffs having their melodic moments as well as a brief use of spoken word parts and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Clean male and female vocals can also be heard briefly while some of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with the music also capturing the atmosphere of a science fiction movie soundtrack as well as mixing in elements of orchestral and classical music into the more brutal parts of the songs.
On this compilation Rapheumets Well brings out some of the best symphonic and progressive black/death metal material, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover their self created science fiction lore which focuses on the fictitious universe of the Atai.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding collection from Rapheumets Well and if you are a fan of symphonic and progressive black and death metal, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Resurrecting The Blood Gate" "The Witch Of Darkspire" "They Cometh in Fire" and "Ghosts Walkers Exodus". 8 out of 10.