How do I explain what you are about to hear? Let’s start by telling you that this band, Oathbreaker, is one of the most intelligent, deep, intense, and beautiful bands I’ve heard in a long time. When I first put on their album Rheia, I was completely taken aback by the sheer intensity and absolute beauty in the music, lyrics and vocals. Now, Oathbreaker isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you appreciate music and different genres like I do, then you are in for a treat.
Oathbreaker has been around since 2008. They are from Ghent, Belgium. Their music is best described as post hardcore meets black metal, so I’m going to say they are post black metal. They have released 3 full length albums and 1 EP, each of their releases has seen the band evolve and create their own niche within the heavy music world. Guitarist Lennart Bossu, bassist Gilles Demolder and drummer Wim Coppers (who replaced original drummer Ivo Debrabandere) have created music that transcends the genres they are associated with. There is a clarity to the music and songs that will hit you emotionally just as the vocals and lyrics of singer Caro Tanghe. Caro’s delivery is pure, dark and full of emotion. Lyrically the songs are haunting and honest, all the while being poetic.
Their new album Rheia is a revelation. Easily a top ten album of the year for me. Oathbreaker are the type of band that will leave you speechless and inspired at the same time. I for one am totally enthralled by the way the band captivated me. I can’t wait till their next tour of the states so I can see them perform these songs live.
Check out a truly great band, and give a different genre a shot. You might very well surprise yourself by how much you enjoy it.
Oathbreaker- 10:56/Second Son of R:
Oathbreaker- Audiotree Sessions Live: