Yoth Iria – As the Flame Withers (Review)

Yoth Iria - As the Flame WithersYoth Iria are a Greek black metal band and this is their debut album.

Containing ex-Rotting Christ and ex-Varathron members, Yoth Iria play a form of Hellenic black metal, as would be expected, but don’t limit themselves to this completely, (there’s a strong occult atmospheric component to the music, for example, as well as a classic heavy metal one – think Iron Maiden in particular).

This is very well-written and performed, with occult atmosphere and sinister melodies imbuing the music with potent presence. The melodies in particular are very enjoyable across the release, and I especially like many of the solos that are performed. The atmospheric aspects are incorporated into the music with confidence and skill, and there’s a wealth of nuanced delivery included in their make-up.

There’s a lot of power in these tracks, and Yoth Iria balance aggressive tendencies with a more atmospheric approach well. The songs are catchy and memorable, but don’t sacrifice longevity for instant appeal; there’s enough substance here to keep you returning for more. Each song here feels fully-formed and very well-crafted, and the songwriting and thought that has gone into each track betrays a deep love for the material. The band’s ability to combine classic Greek black metal with occult mood and heavy metal’s fire is impressive.

With a clear, crisp recording that aids the music at every turn, As the Flame Withers is a shockingly strong album in all respects. I’ve been extremely impressed by this release. Every aspect of the album has been delivered with professional skill, buckets of talent, passionate performances, and high levels of quality throughout its 47-minute duration.

Essential listening.

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