YITH – Dread 12inch

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Vendetta Records /// VR130
Release date: September 23, 2016

Black vinyl

A1 | Time and loss | 06:05
A2 | Resentment | 06:35
A3 | Remembrance | 02:44
A4 | Dread | 06:58
B1 | Centuries of horror | 08:31
B2 | Upon dark shores | 08:58
B3 | Immurement | 02:49

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Review – metal-observer.com

Dread really does a great job combining the best of both black metal and doom to create something mesmerizing. This isn’t just black metal slowed to doom tempos. The two are fused together inseparably on Dread, creating an album with black metal’s atmosphere and instrumental sound with doom’s sense of melody and pacing. The album has plenty of dreary doom melodies, wintry atmosphere, and icy blackened riffs. The guitars are the backbone of this album, with riffs that range from hypnotically captivating to crushing slabs of despair. Yith doesn’t ignore bass either. The bass lines nimbly dance around the guitars and give the doom moments some added heaviness, which is a nice touch. Yith’s drumming is nothing spectacular, being mostly mid-paced throughout Dread, but it gets the job done.
 
Dread contains a batch of killer songs too. “Time and Loss” deceives with its acoustic intro before launching into a furious tremolo riff and accompanying blast beat, before settling into a nightmarish doom tempo. All of the songs have this kind of tempo variation and suffocating atmosphere; the title track oozes sinister malevolence and the whole album is skillfully written. Lovecraftian influences rear their head lyrically, and while Lovecraft is ubiquitous in metal these days I can’t think of too many other bands that cite M.R. James as an influence and the mysterious, horrific qualities of James’s work is well suited to Yith’s take on blackened doom.
My only minor complaint concerns the two short acoustic instrumentals, “Remembrance” and “Immurement.” They border on being unnecessary. The songs do such a great job of mixing tempos and moods to begin with that quieter, softer moments are not needed as a reprieve. The crushing outro of “Upon Dark Shores” would have closed the album out just fine. I didn’t want this album to let up.
 
I’m always impressed when one-man bands sound as complete as Yith does on Dread. This album is the finest example of the genre I’ve heard in a long time and is not to be ignored.