SARCOPTES “Songs and dances of Death”
Cimmerian Shade Recordings
Wow! From the very first second you already smell putrefaction here. There is something inside this album that belongs to the other side, the dark one. And I’m really impressed because of high quality of music consecrated to black arts, with no mercy to weak ears.
Coming from Sacramento California, this duo composed a really good debut album, with influences from many sources, but a very particular perspective of black metal. All tracks have excellent guitar riffs and many, I mean, many sections, tempo changes and interesting atmospheres. Yes, it’s technical and complex, but in a superlative way, not the arrogant one. You will hear malignant keyboards making a solid wall in almost all songs, which gives references to early Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Old’s Man Child, but these demons have clear that they have to find an own sound, and they almost did it. This is one of those black metal albums that every time you hear it you will find smaller details here and there, and you get trapped because of excellent musical arrangements in all songs. Yes, they are melodic, but I refuse to accept that melodic side of black metal genre belongs to mainstream, and this is a really good example. For those who are looking for new blood in the genre, this is for you. – Victor Varas