Idol Throne (USA) - The Sibylline Age - Reviewed by AllAroundMetal ! Check it out here at this link: https://www.allaroundmetal.com/component/content/article/26-releases/9617-idol-throne,-un-debutto-tra-luci-ed-ombre
Idol Throne comes from Indiana to the USA, where they were formed in 2018 on the initiative of the two guitarists Martin Bowman and Jason Schultz. This "The sibylline age" is their debut album, consisting of ten tracks for about an hour of total duration and equipped with a pleasant artwork, made by the artist Mark Erskine. The album was recorded and produced between Austria and Germany, also with the help of bassist Alex "Chucho" Barrios who took care of his instrument on the record, in place of Trevor Kuta, the official bassist of the group. The sound of the band is a very technical Thrash of the classic American school; in the biography sent to us the comparison with the Heathen is, in fact, the most apt. The band, being at the beginning, however, seems to have a bit of a desire to overdo it and this trend is highlighted in the songwriting that is often long-winded; many pieces, in fact, suffer from an excessive minutage that risks soon tiring the listener; a few minutes of scissors on each song, especially in the second part of the tracklist, would have made the various songs more effective and easier to listen to. Listening, moreover, is also complicated by another problem: the singer's voice. Jake Quintanilla doesn't have an exceptional uvula from every point of view you look at it; his performance is somewhat monochord and unconvincing; it does not seem to have a great vocal extension and seems a bit lacking even in aggression (particular that, in a genre like Thrash, can be a complication); undoubtedly there is much worse around, but just as surely there are much better vocalists. If, in short, on a purely instrumental level, everyone is an excellent musician, the classic Achilles' heel of the formation turns out to be the singer, whose performance is not exciting. You will therefore understand that, between excessive minutage and a not excellent singing performance, the fate of this album is not very favorable; nevertheless, the excellent instrumental parts allow "The sibylline age" to reach sufficiency but, for the future, Idol Throne will have to do much better than this, in order to have some hope of emerging from the deepest underground. - AllAroundMetal
Release Date: July 12th, 2022
FFO: Heathen, Symphony X, Paladin
Location: Northwest Indiana, U.S.A.
Formed in late 2018 by guitarists Jason Schultz (Wraith, Mind’s Horizon) and Martin Bowman (Farwatch), Idol Throne is a band with a sonic mission and vision; the blending of elements from U.S. Power, Bay-Area Thrash, Neoclassical and Traditional Heavy Metal, combined with a progressive sense of songwriting and a strong focus on melody.
Joined by drummer/percussionist Aaron Grove (Axxios) in early 2019, and vocalist Jake Quintanilla (Mind’s Horizon, Berith) in 2020, the band made the most of the extended downtime caused by the global pandemic and recorded demo “Proof of Life” in the Fall of 2020, which saw release on streaming platforms January 1st, 2021. The 3-song recording serves as an introduction to the band’s sound, and as a small taste of what to expect on the upcoming debut LP “The Sibylline Age” to be released on July 12th 2022.
With the addition of bassist Trevor Kuta (Xenopredator) in the Winter of 2022, and a full docket of live performances scheduled throughout the Midwest, Idol Throne is poised to become a name to know in the modern heavy metal scene.
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