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alex-dissonance this records has so much emotional heaviness and depth to it. I heard it for the first time when this resonated with me very well and after more and more time has passed the appreciation for this record just grew immensely. still spinning this every now and then from time to time since it just moves me with its mix of black metal and ghostly and haunting but beautiful clean singing Favorite track: Where I Live.
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menee The music on Rheia works in tandem with the lyrics to paint a picture of love and hate overlapped, and the effort to reconcile the two. This is an astounding work that forced me through that process, from resignation to resistance to resolution and acceptance.

I think this album would be a pretty good intro to black metal for someone who might listen to rock but is wary of taking the plunge! There's a really nice variety of clean and harsh vocals and harder and softer tracks here. Favorite track: Where I Leave.
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maze-le The most beautiful and emotional black metal album I've ever heard! This album will touch you, it crawls deep under your skin and doesn't let go again... It evokes emotions that you've long forgotten they exist. Favorite track: Needles in Your Skin.
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10:56 02:11
Immortals 08:52
Where I Live 07:01
Begeerte 06:43


"Rheia" is the groundbreaking album from Belgium's Oathbreaker. Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Loma Prieta), "Rheia" is a true game changer for the genre. Blurring lines and dissolving the boundaries of heavy music as we know it today.

Opener "10:56" begins with a haunting guitar riff and Caro Tanghe's beautifully sung vocal before abruptly soaring to new heights with "Second Son of R". Its blasts of melody mutate into a blackened buzz while waves of tempo changes pound down with intense emotional weight. "Being Able To Feel Nothing" then rolls in like a storm. Chaotically breaking apart to reveal the eye before churning once again. "Stay Here / Accroche-Moi" is an otherworldly reverb drenched acoustic number that leads to "Needles In Your Skin". A deeply personal song that showcases the artistic strength vulnerability brings. It's hard to believe that this is just the half way point of this post everything masterwork. "Immortals" then unfurls as a goose bump inducing monster. This leads to the ambitious "I'm Sorry, This Is", "Where I Live", and "Where I Leave”; A musical triptych that needs to be heard to be believed. All of it comes to an end with mesmerizing closer "Begeerte". Ethereally materializing before vanishing into the beautiful unknown.


released September 30, 2016


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