I know that most reviewers do not detect it, but in addition to certain obvious influences like Ulcerate and Akercocke, I detect hints of Deathspell Omega permeating the whole of Itheist. Given that I love those three bands, I was already predisposed to loving Itheist. Furthermore, though I have no way knowing this until Itheist’s follow-up album is released, I have the sense that this is the band’s “kitchen sink” effort, where they have thrown everything at the listener in order to show the diversity of their skills and their grasp of multiple multiple metal sub-genres. What I am really saying here is that if Itheist tightens their focus on their sophomore release and applies their considerable songwriting talents and instrumental proficiency in a unified direction, they will both pull away from their influences to own their sound and they will also release an album of the year contender. On its own merits, though, this debut release is one of 2019’s most pleasant surprises and will be appreciated by any fan of extreme metal. Itheist is a band to watch.