|Review: Sacristy - Masters of Baphometic Devastation|
|Masters of Baphometic Devastation|
Year released: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 9, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Masters of Baphometic Devastation
Sacristy's follow up to 2004's "Primordial Serpent Holocaust" is very much in the same vein as its predecessor: Dark, raw and violent Black Metal, with audible roots in early 90s Scandinavian BM - the Darkthrone, Burzum and Mayhem influences are still there. This time the band has pushed the atmospheric vibe further, however. While this is still a take-no-prisoners, heavy and fast BM album, a rather subtle use of keyboards (read: "keyboards that do not suck and do not get in the way") adds a whole new layer to the music, an almost omnipresent dark, evil, sort of horror-like atmosphere at times. Add a little bit of Middle-Eastern tones in "Abdul Al-Hazred", a somewhat chilling, short piano instrumental with "Stars Which Once Were Sacred " that you'd expect to hear in a haunted manor, and the occasional use of melodies that blend well into this devastating onslaught, and you get an album that, while sharing the basics with the debut, throws in enough variety to set it apart and prove that a band can evolve without turning into crap. A very worthy successor to a great debut album.
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