|Review: Flame - Ignis Spiritus|
Label: Primitive Reaction
Year released: 2020
Review online: August 17, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
Simple, stripped-down black/thrash is at the beginning, the end, and everything in between on Ignis Spiritus, the latest release from long-running Finnish band Flame. This band's output is somewhat spotty, with only a couple of full-length albums and a variety of shorter releases over a 22+ year history. Black/thrash is a well-defined genre at this point, though these guys have been around since well before the current proliferation of bands, so the songs on Ignis Spiritus are going to sound familiar. They'd be almost generic if it weren't for the vocals, which are full-on black rasp as opposed to the harsh growls and shouts most bands plying these waters rely on. The music is thrash, the wild and barbaric kind you got from European bands like Kreator and Sodom. What I always walked away thinking after spinning it was that I had just listened to a black metal version of Slayer's Hell Awaits. Ignis Spiritus is short, evil and not overly memorable so keep that in mind if you feel the urge to seek it out.
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