Byzanthian Neckbeard stream new album “Minaton”
UK sludge band Byzanthian Neckbeard are now streaming their new album “Minaton” in full via Echoes and Dust. The album is set to be released tomorrow.
Listen to the entire album here: https://www.echoesanddust.com/2019/10/byzanthian-neckbeard-minaton-exclusive-album-premiere/
1st November 2019
Back with another, fuller bag of riffs, Byzanthian Neckbeard have made good on the promise of their first two releases. The promise? To break headphones with tracks that soundtrack eerie tales of devil worms and other creatures of the night.
After a spoken intro to send a chill through the bones, opening salvo “The Werespider” promptly sets said bones ablaze with heavy, thumping riffs and booming growls. This energy continues throughout the record, as the trio groove through such catchy numbers as “Evisceration Stare” and “Condemned to the Swamp”. Their formula of groovy-doom-meets-death-metal-intensity is as solid as the stone they carved it from, though they do deviate from it; for instance, dropping into almost bluesy realms on the title track, or taking an atmospheric approach on closer “Out of the Deep”.
In the end, Minaton is a marvelous record and a step above everything that came before it. Byzanthian Neckbeard may be three miscreants from the foggy island of Guernsey, but they know their way around a bone-shattering song or seven.
- The Tale of Raymond
- The Werespider
- Devil Worms
- Evisceration Stare
- Necron 5
- Condemned to the Swamp
- Out of the Deep
“Stranded on an island enveloped by fog, lost in the English channel and forgotten by time there is only doom.”
Some bands quite simply embody their name in every shape and form, and when it comes to Byzanthian Neckbeard… you get the picture quickly. Riff-laden doom is on offer on this follow-up EP, after their début From the Clutches of Oblivion took them out of their native Guernesy and straight onto the New Blood Stage at UK’s Bloodstock Festival.
Extinction takes a while to limber up, but once “Coffin Bomb” gets into the swing of things, the trio put on a no-punches-pulled performance across each of the three tracks. Phil Skyrme’s guttural vocals match up to the rough-and-fuzzy riffing, matched perfectly to Dan Robilliard’s muscular bass playing and Paul Etasse’s precise and groove-driven drumming. “Extinction” takes us out with a seven-minute stomper.
Thus the EP ends, ready to be looped again until more material emerges from the island-bound miscreants who go by the name of Byzanthian Neckbeard.
BYZANTHIAN NECKBEARD IS:
Phil Skyrme – Guitar and Vocals
Dan Robilliard – Bass and Vocals
Paul Etasse – Drums