Another young band (founded in 2018) with an album on Satanath that did not bother with demos or getting experience under its belt. With that said Jake was in Necrophagia for a couple of years and is not entirely new to the metal scene. Jake/Mountain Witch is on vocals, guitar and woodwinds.
BLACK CROWN - CAVERNS OF THANTIFAXATH - SATANATH RECORDS
This debut release by the duo is dubbed as black ritual metal. The band clearly takes inspiration from ancient themes and Caverns Of Thanifaxath starts with Lahamu: The Awakening. The song is aggressive and features a clear production that suits the pseudo black or death metal style. The Rise Of Ashtaroth follows well and is dominated by a driving riff and the vocals. Scarlet Goddess doesn't sound like a good metal title but then again she is proclaimed to be the goddess of torture and The Mountain VVitch is apparently submitting himself to her. The Dweller changes pace as expected but remains aggressive and dominated by the vocals but also the riffs. The woodwinds make an appearance without much point in using them. Swallow The Sun tilts towards a more mid-paced death metal song ala Morbid Angel. Children Of Tiamat seems to take a departure from what preceded it with more straightforward and faster riffs. Qliphotic Meditations is an almost atmospheric instrumental. Whore Of The Qliphoth moves between heavier and faster riffs with an enjoyable section and short solo near its end. The Nine Hells closes Caverns of Thantifaxath and with it being over six minutes long there is room for the band to play with varying sounds and use the woodwinds again, all the while including different riffs and growls. These, ironically, make the song more predictable. – Anna Tergel