By: Kara Chavez
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Released on January 22, 2016 via Independent
Solid. That is the first word that comes to mind when listening to the newest release from Austin, Texas’ premier blackened thrash band, Widower, The Unholy Oath. I have seen Widower several times and they have been on point, professional yet not cheesy, every single time. They are easily one of my favorite live bands here in Austin.
The 5 song album starts off powerful, loud, and energetic with ‘Morose Lament’. The drumming is the first thing I notice – fast and aggressive. The vocals shrill into action, reminiscent of black metal vocals while the guitar is shredding over it all. Throughout the song the guitars really brighten the sound, but the breakdown is really the best part for me. Amazing guitar work with a huge lead up into the finale of the song.
Throughout the album, the energy continues to flow, while bringing in the evil, dark sound that is blackened thrash. The instruments continue to be solid, but my favorite part is the vocals. I think it is what sets Widower apart from the rest. They are raucous and grinding, really completing their sound.
The 4th song on the album, ‘The Council’, is easily my favorite. Slower, gloomy intro with fierce guitars and a build up from the drummer that rips. It builds up with a more traditional metal feeling, complete with harmonic pick squeals. But it’s the solo towards the end that pretty phenomenal. Short and sweet, but traditional, and really great. Towards the end of the song, I am reminded how killer the drumming is. Just so constant and fast – it was also recorded really well in my opinion.
The album raps up with ‘Whore Crusher’, a super guitar-trashy song that is one of my favorites to see live and a great way to end the short but sweet album. The guitars impressively shred in this song and the solo helps tie up the sound for the entire album.
All in all, The Unholy Oath is a must, especially If you like thrash, black metal, hard, fast, loud, and evil – or a combination of all of that. Listen to Destroyer 666, Aura Noir, or Hellhammer? You might just love The Unholy Oath. Can’t wait for their next longer, release!