|Review: Sanctus Infernum - Sanctus Infernum|
Label: Solitude Productions
Year released: 2008
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: February 2, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (6 Votes)
Mostly Doom/Death bands are Doom bands with harsher vocals, but Sanctus Infernum are a bit different in having the attitude and approach of a Death Metal band with the broader compositional palette of a Doom band. This is heavier and more pummeling than the Doom label would lead you to expect, and the band's lyrics and themes are much more evil than sad. There is an almost Black Metal feel to the lyrics, though there is no trace of a BM sound here. The guitar tone is warmer and heavier — a very Doom sound, while the vocals and riffs are much more Death Metal. It's an interesting take on the usual genre mix, and it takes a few spins to really suss what you are hearing. It's kind of like Nile at their slowest with a Sabbath-fueled riff attack — maybe not quite as cool as that sounds, but it is cool. Some of these tunes go on longer than they need to, but Sanctus Infernum are definitely onto something here, I'll be waiting to see what else they can do with it.
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