"Come Ethereal Somberness"

By El Chief

Danish blackened death metal newcomers Taphos really want to be taken seriously. Or, I should say they want to be considered as a serious man's metal. You can tell because every song title on their debut album "Come Ethereal Somberness" is absurdly wordy. For instance, the true album opener "Impending Peril" really should be called "Bad News Ahead" but that would be too simplistic for smart people. And boiling down the seventh track "Insidious  Gyres" to "Strong Current" is just silly. No thinking man would dare do something so common.

Just like they wouldn't be as daft as to release an album only on CD or vinyl from a group no one in the States has heard of, because no one buys physical product anymore, right?(Just got back from an event where that was all people did…Mality) They have to stream "Come Ethereal Somberness" somewhere, right? Well, currently Taphos themselves are still not on Spotify despite having a demo and an EP circulating around somewhere. Or, at least I think they must be in inventory somewhere. But it's not like I could know for sure.

I'd review this album, but what's the point? Without a U.S. streaming option in play for Taphos, I'm one of the few Americans to know that these guys are actually pretty good. Probably better than most of the bands in your current rotation. You'll just have to take my word for it. That's how it works, right?

But seriously, at some point someone will load the work to YouTube and then you'll know that their heaviness bridges the gap between young and old. There are enough break downs to satisfy the deathcore posers and enough technical riffs to please the Morbid Angel types. Right now Taphos is launching heavy in the European concert circuit, and just in time for the important metal festivals I'd love to attend one day. I get the feeling all those smart European metalheads are going to push Taphos up the ladder where they'll be able to hitch a ride across the Pond and play at least a few shows here. With any luck, we could be on the verge of another Beyond Creation breakthrough, and that's precisely what the scene needs as we near the next decade.