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Sargeist - Death Veneration [W.T.C Productions - 2019]

Death Veneration by the Finnish black metal band Sargeist was released on Christmas Eve (whatís in a date) last year on W.T.C. Productions. It consists of four songs that were originally intended to appear on various split releases. German label W.T.C. Productions have quite the back catalog, and I remember being impressed by a few albums which found their home there, so I was more than curious to delve into this one. Here. It. Goes.

First track "To Make Wolves of Men" is the shortest track here, spanning just over three minutes. It does not waste any time neither. Immediately we are dropped right into a black metal frenzy, led by the fast drumming and the melodic, effective guitar riffing. Itís the good kind of melodic: found in the higher regions, but it avoids being corny or folkloristic. The vocals are quite thrashy in their aggressive delivery, and the other two guitars never stop to bring the genre trademark tremolo riffs.

Second track "To Feast On astral Blood" is the longest track, clocking in just over seven minutes. It pretty much follows the formula of the first track: relentlessly straightforward drumming, melodic guitar riffs pushed to the forefront; everywhere they go supported by the constant tremolo riffs of the other two guitars. It must be noted that the general atmosphere of this track, although still sounding ferocious, was much more melancholic and sad than the first track. I love me some depressed vibes, so this track was far more pleasant to my ears. The vocals are strong as well, though I do find the mid screams far less effective than the higher-pitched ones.

The third track is "called Lunar Curse" and is almost four minutes long. Nothing we havenít heard before, but a welcome listen nonetheless. Again, kudos to the melodic guitarist: really carrying the sound of each track, making things a tad more melancholic without losing that hateful vibe that flows through the tracks.

Wrapping things up is the title track "Death Veneration", four minutes and twenty-one seconds long. This track does what the three previous tracks did as well, though it reminded me more of the second track than the other two: a more melancholic, lamenting approach; without losing grip on the hate, the aggression.


In conclusion, itís safe to say we have a solid, straightforward black metal album with this one. I can see this one being of interest to a wide variety of BM listeners, mainly due to its mixture of melody and aggression. The songs all stick to the same formula, which isnít necessarily a bad thing; but I do like some surprises now and then. Those surprises can truly make an album stand out amidst the corpse painted crowd. What happens here is what often happens within the black metal world: thereís so much stuff out there that a good working, solid formula alone (or even) isnít enough to really stand out or be remembered. This was a great sonic ride nonetheless, but for the reason I just stated, Iím giving this three instead of four stars.

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Damien De Coene
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