Anthony Knight – Vocals
Scott Allen – Guitar
Topher O”Meagher – Guitar
Simon Timms – Bass
Marc Lord – Drums
1.Excistence or Oblivion
2.Beneath the Catacombs
3.The Great Reclamation
4.The Human Divergence
Finding all the relevant contact info for a band that has basically self-funded their releases via Kickstarter can be quite the challenge. Not impossible mind you, as you can see they ARE not hard to find – they just have no label or website apparently.
“The Great Reclamation”, the third release from Coventry based band Gehtika, which is apparently somewhere in the United Kingdom, not a place where groups of witches get hung from.
Opening track “Existence or Oblivion” smashes your teeth in, with a mix of styles that are not hard to pinpoint, only hard to nail down as the song does a fair job of mixing things up one hell of a lot; a good opener that gives you a small taste of what is to come.
Second track “Beneath the Catacombs” takes this ball and then shoves it up your proverbial. Heavy and fast, like a Rhino strapped to the front of something really fast that can obviously handle the weight of a Rhino, no mucking around here chaps (and you ladies of course) it’s all out or get out.
“The Great Reclamation” follows suit, jumping hither and tithers between genres, yet maintaining a workable blend of brutality and open Black sections, then nipping at its heels comes “The Human Divergence” one doom-laden son of a bitch of a song, which is bloody brilliant.
Closer, Yggdrasil, is the bleakest moment of the album, and by bleak I mean dark as all fuck. A thousand songs have been sung about this ancient tree, and this one is also worthy of joining the ranks. And thus we end.
I am loathe to generally point out what I perceive as influences, as that can be to the detriment of many a band with a different edge, putting the potential punter off with a label and thereby preventing many from even giving a band a chance, suffice it to say this stuff is fairly well on the darker side, and those who abstain from a little Symphonic pomp in their metal every now and then probably may find this not to their liking. Having said that that kind of snobbery will get you nowhere, and you may miss out on a lot of good stuff.
Not bad. Not bad at all!
Reviewed by The Great Mackintosh