THE WATCHER are a quintet whose membership includes a wealth of underground experience, with members concurrently hailing from Sacrificium Carmen, Riivaus, Rodent Epoch, Licht des Urteils, and many others.
And while those hordes are exclusively within the realm of pure black metal, THE WATCHER’s expression is a religious synthesis of black metal and death metal, malefic and muscular, with a lyrical approach that’s an outré fusion of Luciferianism and Buddhism.
Originally released digitally in 2019, THE WATCHER’s first public recording, the full-length Kaosaura, now finds physical release via the auspices of SPREAD EVIL. Encompassing nine songs in 38 minutes, THE WATCHER’s debut album rips, races, and rages with a palpitating intensity. The nightsky melodicism of classic black metal features prominently in the quintet’s dynamic attack, which shifts speeds with deftness and drama. The robust heft of equally-classic death metal is given equal emphasis on Kaosaura, creating a unique headspace of laceration vs. levitation; the bass tone alone is absolutely ugly. More than anything, THE WATCHER here sound like an actual band, one whose physicality is fully felt and is more than able to be recreated live – simply, because they’re creating this religious fervor in real-time, together.
Fittingly and finally receiving physical release, THE WATCHER’s Kaosaura comes highly recommended for maniacs of Vinterland, Aosoth, mid/late-2000s Deathspell Omega, Unanimated, or even Sweden’s Dawn.