Preview: Oathbreaker – Rheia

“Don’t make me pity you in the end.”

Belgian blackened post hardcore foursome Oathbreaker stake their claim in a crowded upcoming fall record release season with their third LP on Deathwish, “Rheia”, readying a unique approach perfectly suited to earlier sunsets and howling winds. Lead single/video “10:56” / “Second Son of R.” has been turning a ton of (metal) heads since it dropped online last week. Caro Tanghe is seemingly placid though menacing with a funereal dirge in the Chelsea Wolfe mold, before guitarist Lennart Bossu, bassist Gilles Demolder and drummer Ivo Debrabandere rip into a seething, Deafheaven-esque assault of blast beating and speed picking, Tanghe’s attack mutating into a screech to wake the dead just long enough to kill them again.

Oathbreaker previously unleashed “Needles In Your Skin”, led by a more mellow instrumental accompaniment to Tanghe’s tortured wails, before all hell breaks loose, this time anchored by a soaring melodic thrash riff, powerfully hammering home the anguish and despair in the vocal delivery.

Rheia is out on 9/23 from Deathwish and they’ll be at Underground Arts on 10/26 with Skeletonwitch, Iron Reagan and Homewrecker.


Kevin Hawkey is the co-founder, head writer and editor of Riot-Nerd. He enjoys Fighting Games, Metal, Marvel, Horror and all the weird shit in between. A lifelong Philadelphian just as comfortable in a circle pit at Underground Arts as he is drooling over the new Hot Toys figures at Brave New Worlds, Kevin’s idiosyncratic sensibility gives this site it’s unique dichotomy between “riot” and “nerd”.

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