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3.74 | 11 ratings | 2 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Colour of Sleep (5:05)
2. Battling the Misery of Organon (4:00)
3. Lacertine Forest (4:09)
4. Psycrology (4:55)
5. Skin Coffin (4:01)
6. Cruelty Incarnate (5:26)
7. The Valley of Winds Breath and Dragons Fire (4:57)
8. A Planetary Discipline (3:55)
9. The Scepter of Jaar-Gilon (6:32)

Total Time 43:04

Line-up / Musicians

- Joe Haley / guitars
- David Haley / drums
- Cameron Grant / bass
- Matthew Chalk / vocals

Releases information

CD Independent / Unique Leader (2003

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PSYCROPTIC The Scepter of the Ancients ratings distribution

(11 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(55%)
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4 stars "The Scepter of the Ancients" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Australian, Tasmania based death metal act Psycroptic. The album was independently released in May 2003. Psycroptic formed in 1999 and released their debut full-length studio album "The Isle Of Disenchantment" in 2001. Apparently the independently released and otherwise intriguing debut album didnīt stir the waters enough for a label to take notice as the band once again had to finance the recording of an album and release it independently.

...and thatīs a bit of a shame, as there is definitely enough quality here (and on the debut) to warrant interest from labels. Stylistically the material on "The Scepter of the Ancients" continue the brutal technical death metal style of "The Isle Of Disenchantment (2001)", but itīs audible Psycroptic have grown as songwriters and that they have honed their playing skills too, because "The Scepter of the Ancients" is a step up in quality in all departments compared to the debut album. Multiple tempo changes on all tracks, ultra fast riffing/drumming, and various forms of extreme vocals, ranging from deep growling, to high pitched screaming, to low end piggy grunting. Lead vocalist Matthew Chalk sounds positively deranged/schizophrenic here. Itīs a great extreme metal vocal performance and a lot of praise goes out to Chalk for delivering something a bit different from the norm.

The quality is high throughout and all tracks are brutal and highly energetic pieces of technical death metal. While the material arenīt the most varied in terms of telling the tracks apart (which isnīt unusual for the genre), itīs one of the more diverse releases on the scene and there is a touch of originality here that you donīt hear everyday either. The raw and primal sounding production job lends the material a great organic quality, but itīs still a detailed sound where all instruments and vocals are clearly audible in the mix. Upon conclusion "The Scepter of the Ancients" is through and through a high quality release and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

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3 stars Psycroptic most certainly turned the screws on the listeners on this album. Thundering fast drumming and bass, crushing guitars and the usual death grunts heralds the return of this Australian band. Everything dressed up in a good sound and with an excellent artwork. For me, it still sounds ... (read more)

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