By Dr. Abner Mality

No advance buzz on this band, but I’m pretty sure there will be some strong support after this has been out for a bit. I know very little about who they are or even where they’re from, but they played ripping American death metal with a twist.

Freezing cold is usually a sensation associated with black metal or ambient, but there are times when it applies to death metal, too, and “Sacrosanct” is a fine example of that. These eight tunes burn and freeze at the same time. The influence of Morbid Angel and Immolation cannot be denied, especially on the opening battering ram of “To Datechon, ho Katechon”…short, sharp and brutal. Third track in “Altered States” is where I really started to take notice…very unique and brain-twisting riffs on this one. “Nine” follows with another war-like assault that would do Immolation proud.

Then things take a sharp turn with “Ichneumon”. The dissonant, angular sound radiates an inhuman chill. And this continues over the next few songs, as the velocity drops yet the cold-hearted pounding of “Fear Ritual” and the title track seem utterly remorseless. This is the sound of a bleak mechanized hell and quite different than the first few tracks on the album. 

The result is something a bit more unique than most death metal being released recently. For a debut album, this is a strong statement. But are you strong enough to withstand it?