As the band manages to keep a solid line up for another year it clearly shows as members Matti, Tim and Dave musically compliment each other which noticeably adds to the overall structure of the tracks. Matti Way seems to be on top form for this release incorporating guttural squeals and grunts that keeps the listener hooked due to its melodic nature as opposed to the all too common monotone grunts.
Opening the album is ‘Harvest’ which sets the listener up for what is in store, some of the catchiest Death Metal sounds one can ask for, with an added treat of guest solo appearances from Shaune Kelly (Ex Hate Eternal) and Ralph Santolla (Ex Deicide) for good measure. Rapidly moving through the track listing is ‘Below the Root’ sonically powerful with its destructive blasts and low toned growls which contrast with a more melodic guitar riff which diversifies to that which is frequent throughout the album. ‘Relics Past’ predominantly featuring the few down tempo moments on the album, but in no way does it deduct any ferocity from the song as it is accompanied by some fine blasting and drops from Dave Astor and Tim Tiszczenko whom pick back up the pace for some good old fashioned chugs.
I noticed each time I played the album in its entirety it seemed to end abruptly, maybe due to the enjoyment factor or shortness of songs, but one this is for sure “Throne of Reign” is well mastered and flows well to my ears. Definitely some of the greatest songs Pathology have written despite the small gap between previous album releases. This should be a great addition to any Brutal Death Metal collection.