Thy Black Destiny

Century Media

Nine Reasons:

9. Produced by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond’s guitar player, for fuck’s sake)!!

8. Drummer Nicky Rudolfsson (aka Terror) is the Keith Moon of the black metal scene. You have to hear this man to believe him! Plus he is the vocalist/songwriter for Swordmaster and Deathwitch. Buy those records too!

7. The press release states that Thy Black Destiny is a fist in the face to the current goth-laden and vampiric black metal scene. All hail.

6. No keyboards.

5. No stupid face paint or pseudo-evil posturing. Sacramentium express their misanthropy in their music. Speaking of which, they up the musical ante of black metal, with technical prowess and tight, brutal songwriting. A lot of their “peers” are looking really stupid right now.

4. For slowing down the ending of “Thy Black Destiny” to an excruciating crawl. The song becomes a doom epic, just like the first Asphyx album. Thank you.

3. “Weave of Illusion” is an intricate masterpiece of hatred. The guitars are Carcass-like in their interlocked movements, and the song structure consists of so many independent movements that I think of Nile or Cynic. Or even Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android.”

2. I have to mention it twice — musicianship and violence co-exist in the world of Sacramentium. Thy Black Destiny is your lord and master.

1. The vocals! Absolute sickness and originality. After nine years of listening to death metal, I thought I had heard EVERY vocal tone possible, but I was wrong. I am reminded of Martin Van Drunen’s best bits on Pestilence’s Consuming Impulse , but Sacrementium’s vocalist has more range. Fear this.

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