|Review: Sacramentum - Finis Malorum|
Label: Vic Records
Year released: 2020
Originally released in: 1994
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 14, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.13/5 (82.5%) (8 Votes)
Sacramentum have recently reformed and have a new album in the works. In the meantime, why not a reissue of their early works? This being a digital promo, I can't comment on the booklet, but from the description it looks like it's full of goodies and worth getting the physical media for that alone. The reissue comprises their 1994 mini-CD remastered, two covers (Sepultura's "The Cure/Antichrist" and Mercyful Fate's "Black Masses"), the 5-track demo, Sedes Impiorum, from 1993 and a "very early and rare track", "Morbid Humanity", as a closer. In short, a nice package.
Needless to say, this is early '90s black metal, since, you know, that when this stuff originally came out, and it's very much in the mould of what was being done in the emerging Scandinavian scenes at the time, so there are no surprises here and it's definitely uncompromising second wave black metal. Their style includes the usual suspects, such as raspy and screechy vocals, lots of speed and that savage, dark and malevolent vibe that one would expect. What I like is how they packaged that into songs that are kind of "rocking" and pack some melody and catchiness without losing their dark edge, something that not all bands manage to do well. As is customary with vic records reissues, the bonus tracks are carefully chosen and are a good fit to the original songs and, as such, the whole thing flows together pretty flawlessly. The covers are a cool take on the originals and, with the EP itself being raw in the first place, even the demo material sounds right in its place, not quite as polished but feeling like icing on the cake. A worthy reissue.
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