Following their highly acclaimed 2017- debut, “Of The Depths…”, November 20th will see French death metal act, SKELETHAL, release their hotly anticipated, sophomore album titled “Unveiling The Threshold” via Hells Headbangers!
Eight years since the band’s inception, a line-up change, various splits, demos and the impressively brutal first full-length to date, SKELETHAL, who are featuring members of SCHIZOPHRENIA, MORTAL SCEPTER and ex-INFINITE TRANSLATION, return to the scene stronger than ever: “Unveiling The Threshold” strikes back with not only classic death metal but its Swedish late 80’s/early 90’s counterpart, when the subgenre was still in its infancy yet still did reek of that unmistakable stench, away from modern trickery and trends. SKELETHAL’s forthcoming album succeeds in both staying true to the sound’s historical roots, with its raw blend you could also easily find yourself in an unreleased HETSHEADS or CARNAGE demo – while going beyond the simple and now too-limited SweDeath tag. “Unveiling The Threshold” grabs you by the throat before circling its listener like a vulture. The band may still tread on the left hand path but besides resurrecting a certain idea of the underground – some may say ‘true’ – that seemingly disappeared back in 1991, it’s actually how genuinely evil and undiluted their death metal is that’s most striking about “Unveiling The Threshold”. To keep it raw, authentic and high-voltage, SKELETHAL recorded the 8 fast-paced tracks by themselves in their rehearsal room in Tourcoing nearby Lille in France, before handing the result over to Greg Wilkinson from the now (in)famous Earhammer studios (NECROT, UNDERGANG, ACEPHALIX etc.) for the mix last June.
Today, the four-piece is presenting us the album opening track with a crushing, elaborate music video! Watch the clip for “Sidereal Lifespan” here
We are very thrilled to present our second full length ‘Unveiling the Threshold’ which holds the most brutal and into-your-face material composed by Skelethal to this day.” The band comments.
“On this second album we were able to develop our death metal in a more efficient way, incorporating a second soloist, faster relentless drums and allowing the songs to reach the ferocious grounds of early grindcore while still in the realm of Swedish death metal. Overall, the song writing process has been more personal and included a greater number of influences.
Actual OSDM thrives worldwide with a very unique sound behind which we can often find Greg Wilkinson from Earhammer Studios (Undergang, Necrot, Mortuous…). This is the reason why we wanted Skelethal to collaborate with him for the mixing and mastering of the album. This, in addition to a new recording process and a still fresh line-up, enabled us to achieve the heaviest sound we ever had: deep vocals, chainsaw-buzzing guitarzz, a crushing bass and an explosive snaredrum. The production might be cleaner than our previous releases, but still has its important share of filth and aggressiveness that defines Death Metal to its core.
Finally, we asked the talented Eliran Kantor to bring ‘Unveiling the Threshold’ to life throughout his very singular and remarkable painting. The final result fits perfectly the identity of the band and the album, where monoliths rise from the sea and portals open up to a tormented sky.”