|Review: Principality of Hell - Sulfur & Bane|
|Sulfur & Bane|
Label: Osmose Productions
Year released: 2016
Review online: February 4, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Sulfur & Bane
Sulfur & Bane is the second full-length from Greece's worshippers of all things first-wave Black Metal, Principality of Hell. Featuring a Venom-inspired 3-member line up of The Magus (bass/vocals), Maelstrom (drums) and El (guitars), these guys unashamedly dig up old riffs like grave robbers and give them fresh life. There's a lot of speed on Sulfur & Bane though they will slow things down for a different atmosphere on occasion. The vocals are more Black Metal than Venom and are closer to Bathory or Possessed but the songs have plenty of melody like early Slayer or Razor. The guitar has an aggressive buzzsaw sound and the drums are propulsive. As is getting all too common within the Black/Thrash revival, the songwriting isn't overly inspired, so even though the songs are quite enjoyable while they are on, they aren't particularly memorable. This is made even more evident by the six cover songs on this album. I must say the band picked some great tracks like Slayer's "Black Magic" and Bathory's "Sacrifice" and does a superb job on them but they do illustrate the gap between the music produced in the 80s and what Principality of Hell is doing today. These three Greeks aren't Bewitcher or BAT but Sulfur & Bane is still above average and well worth picking up especially for the covers.
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