Seattle-based duo Hoth formed in 2011, with Eric Peters and David Dees meeting in college and sharing a passion for metal. As you can tell from their name (and their awesome Tie Fighter logo), they’re also Star Wars fans, naming their band after the ice planet in The Empire Strikes Back, but also for the brother of the Norse god Baldr. The band’s second full length, Oathbreaker, will be released next Tuesday (20) via their Bandcamp page, but we’re psyched to be streaming the album right now.
A concept album, Oathbreaker “follows an individual from his conception and down a path that grows darker and darker,” the band’s bio says. We found it to be a really solid death metal album with plenty of melody, and best listened to as a whole. If you’re a fan of Dissection, Opeth or Skeletonwitch, you’ll definitely enjoy Oathbreaker. The band aren’t currently playing any live shows, but if you live in the Pacific Northwest, you’ll probably want to keep an eye out for them, and if you enjoy the album as much as we do, you might want to pick it up on their Bandcamp page.