Itheist craft themselves a new beginning with their self-titled debut, following a name change and a shift towards a bleaker limbo.
Release date: June 21, 2019 | Independent | Facebook | Bandcamp
To be honest, I wasn’t aware of Itheist‘s existence before deciding to jump on this review. Their previous moniker, Aetherium Mors, had crossed paths with me few times, but never left a memorable stain behind. Now they’ve reincarnated themselves to get a fresh start through updated appearance and refined stylistic direction. A band reinventing itself in said manner is not a new thing at all, but the results are never guaranteed. In this occasion, however, the rebooting serves a purpose; Itheist is improved, stronger and more vile version of itself, and it’s an understandable, even respectable move to more or less cut ties with their past at this point.
On their debut, the UK duo showcases a powerful and dramatic blend of black/death metal standing on its own feet, yet akin to the kinds of Portal and Immolation. The only comparison I’ll make to their past, now abandoned self, is that this time the accent is mostly on dissonant and dour guitar work, rather than the Nordic oriented melodic side explored under their earlier name. This brings forth a band who has seemingly found a new home in a way, way darker place. The previous style echoes here and there, but overall the change is drastic and all for the better. This particular rebirth is a matured, serious and logical stride that had to be taken.