|Review: Sigma Draconis - De Rerum Natura|
|De Rerum Natura|
Label: Nocturnal Brights
Year released: 2003
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 19, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:De Rerum Natura
Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)
Hmmmm. Italian Pagan Black Metal. This was another blind purchase with Dark Symphonies mailorder – a shot in the Dark Symphony as it were. And this time I hit gold. Sigma Draconis are a very cool BM outfit from the land that has mostly graced us with sappy Power Metal, though the scene there seems to be diversifying a bit lately.
With an opener called "Discovering Heathenism Through Aryan Pride" you know this is no wuss metal here. Admittedly the track is just an atmospheric intro, but for the rest of the album SD do not slack off in the slightest, kicking out one killer after another. The production job is raw enough to be kvlt, but still sharp enough to give them a really evil guitar tone. They write cool riffs too, lots of them, especially on "Nightspell Under A Funeral Storm", "Death To The Weak" and "We Are Legion". I like that they aren't just stuck in tremolo mode, but actually fire up some chunky, thrashy riffs as well. Now there are some keys on this CD, especially on the first real song "Pseudo Monarchy Of Demons" where they let the keys wank a bit too much, but fear not, for after that the keys are mostly relegated to background. I understand their keyboard chick is no longer with the band at all, so we can hope their forthcoming follow-up will be even meaner sounding.
Lyrically Sigma Draconis are ambitious. They don't follow the normal path of just screaming about Satan, and their lyrics are very metaphysical and philosophic as well as occult. There is a bit of a language barrier at work here, but not too bad overall. They don't seem to be actual Nazis, despite what it might appear at first blush. Just very Pagan.
This is a very solid Black Metal CD with no filler cuts, no boring parts, and no let up in intensity. If you favor epic BM in the vein of older Emperor, or perhaps a more ambitious Darkthrone, then this will be an album that will not disappoint. An uncompromising work from a very promising band. As a self-release, this could be a bit hard to track down, but it's worth it.
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