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Those of us who like to talk
about music, such as yours truly, sometimes mention that a band has “arrived”.
To me that means we have seen potential, we have watched a band grow in their
abilities, and they have put all of that together in a way that showcases what
they are capable of. I have followed this band for several years now and I have
to say that with this new release the beast has been fully unleashed.
Sacrament Ov Impurity are
a two piece back metal band hailing from Mount
Its a rural, agricultural area far removed from the hustle and bustle of city
life. I imagine that, just as many European black metal bands come from small
towns, there is something about the distance and isolation from urban chaos
that allows bands to focus on their creativity and bring life to this music.
And what music this is. Black
metal is full of grimness;listening to it often evokes feelings of loneliness,
isolation, of being in a cold, frostbitten landscape devoid of any colors
except black and white and shades of grey. Yet to me, it is also very beautiful
and trancelike, and when done with the right touches it is music that takes you
away from the normal drudgery of existence and moves the listener on to a
different plane, almost as though it pulls the listener into another dimension.
There is some incredibly moving music on this album. The opener, “An Apparation
of Bygone Lament”, is like a journey through the history of black metal,
sharing various tempos and styles and melding them all into a cohesive blast
that frees the spirit. “Sepulture Of Modern Man” is a masterpiece, the kind of
song that allows you to close your eyes and feel the different places where
music can take you. The middle section of this song is simply epic in the way
that it made me feel.
I also enjoy hearing the growth
in the songwriting, the extra little touches that went into these songs. There
is some experimentation with black and roll types of beats in places. There are
some very judiciously placed synths that add just the right touch to these
songs. The overall feeling is that this band is very confident and assured both
in the songwriting and performances captured here. To my ears there is
tremendous growth just in the roughly 18 months since their last release. This
is a band that deserves to be heard and hopefully this album will be the
springboard that allows them to do more touring and take part in more
Black metal is seemingly a
limited sub-genre, yet bands like this take the basics and move the music
forward in all sorts of new directions. As a big fan of this style of music I
love to hear releases like this. It gives me hope that the music will continue
to grow. Do yourself a favor, head to Bandcamp and pick up a copy of this one.
Black metal is alive and well and this album is all the proof you need.