Prosthetic Records recently announced the upcoming third album from Canadian progressive black metal band SVNEATR, titled Never Return, which is set for release on May 10.

Never Return carries themes of both the personal, ecological and political, with an overarching narrative of an external and internal world in a state of paralysis. Lyrically the songs explore modern day warmongering, space colonization and declining mental health, against a backdrop of blistering extreme metal replete with contrabass, cello and vocal choir flourishes.

We asked the band about 3 releases that have influenced them musically and guitarist/vocalist Vitharr Monteith came back with these choices…


Opeth – Watershed

Opeth and Death will always be at the core of what we’re trying to do and you could probably put any of their albums here and it would be correct. However, there were a few times this album snuck its way into our subconscious particularly with ‘Reaper of the Universe’. The group vocal chorus at the end of the song is heavily inspired by the ending to ‘Porcelain Heart’ and the intro heavy riff/drums were equally influenced by the intro to ‘Heir Apparent’. Hell, the reason we do clean vocals at all is because of Opeth.

Unto Others – Don’t Waste Your Time

I love this band. In my downtime, I try to listen to a new album or two every week so I’m constantly being inspired by new records and bands. I found Unto Others through their first EP, Don’t Waste Your Time, and I put that on repeat until their debut album came out the next year. I think how catchy and memorable the riffs are combined with the dark/moody atmosphere have changed the way I approach choruses. We made a conscious effort to make each chorus singable even with the black metal howling going on. Listening to Unto Others just serves as a reminder not to second guess my own songwriting. Don’t waste your time.

Skeletonwitch – Devouring Radiant Light

This Skeletonwitch record is full of bangers, great riffs and we really liked the blackened atmospheric direction of this album. I think their use of more classic speed metal riffs in combination with big melodies is a very SVNEATR thing as well. We are kindred spirits in that regard. It’s worth mentioning that James pulled lots of inspiration from Devouring Radiant Light when writing ‘Mechanical Wolves’. There were probably a hundred records I could have put on this list but this one hit us in the right way at the right time.

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