Genre: Djent / Progressive Metal / Deathcore
Album Year: 2012
Location: Sligo, Ireland
Facebook Link: Here
Buy/Listen here: http://sarkophagus.bandcamp.com/
“Amalthea” is Sarkophagus’ first single from their upcoming yet-to-be-named debut album. Just based on these two brief songs, it’s going to be interesting. The first song, Harlot, is a one-minute piano instrumental. Harlot really shows the songwriting that these guys are capable of, which I hope to see more of on the full-length.
The main event, of course is Amalthea. From the moment the guitars start, anyone who’s listened to Vildhjarta’s “Måsstaden” will recognize the guitar tone and style. Although their style is similar, Sarkophagus has more going on in the background and doesn’t have the ambient parts. Vocals on Amalthea are performed by Connor Reibling of Akeldama. If you’ve spent any time listening to Akeldama’s demos, you’ll probably recognize his unique vocal style. It remains to be seen if Connor will do vocals for the whole album, but don’t bet on him performing vocals live, as Akeldama is located in Florida.
I was impressed with “Amalthea”, and it leaves me wanting more. It’s hard to judge a band as a whole based on two brief songs, but I think we can all look forward to more sweet tracks from Sarkophagus. They could work a bit more on sounding unique, but fans of djent shouldn’t be disappointed.