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Review: Albert Bell's Sacro Sanctus - Liber III: Codex Templarum
Albert Bell's Sacro Sanctus
Liber III: Codex Templarum

Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 1:01:36
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy/Doom

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 11, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Liber III: Codex Templarum

Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)

Albert Bell, the Maltese wizard behind many names, has got his third solo album done and released. Albert is known for his love for Doom Metal, but with Sacro Sanctus he also wants to show his love for traditional Heavy Metal, with a blackened twist.

Liber III: Codex Templarum is the title of his new outing, showcasing nine new songs that really seem to go under your skin, filling your mind with some diabolic and devilish thoughts without you even noticing it. Albert has stayed loyal to his concept with Sacro Sanctus, creating one magically addictive album in which he has trusted that with a minimal amount of ingredients you can make some great things happen. This trio's attempt to create a thrilling musical experience with a mix of Doom and Heavy Metal and wrapping it all up with the evilness of the Middle Ages, has kept their ship in the right, favorable direction. Haunting melodies, sinister riffs, raspy, almost spoken vocals of Albert, etc., are constantly present, holding the listener in a tight, crushing grip until the very end. "Crown of the Accursed" is probably the album's most hypnotic tune with its Celtic Frost-inspired dark vibe, whereas "Order of 13" is lighter than the rest, reminding me of Motörhead's relaxed Rock 'n' Rollish attitude.

It's hard to bring up anything on this record that would deserve some constructive criticism, so I won't even try. The album is just enjoyable from start to finish.

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