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Classic Review: Sacramentary Abolishment - River of Corticone
Sacramentary Abolishment
River of Corticone

Label: Catharsis Records
Year released: 1996
Duration: 46:26
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: February 10, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
River of Corticone

Rated 4.3/5 (86%) (10 Votes)

Now this is some badass shit. Sacramentary Abolishment was in a way a precursor to the whole war metal thing that truly kicked into gear when bands like Black Witchery and Conqueror began releasing their unwholesome filth into the public domain. It's especially notable for the fact that the members of the band went on to play in (or form, in some cases) such luminaries of the scene as Rites of thy Degringolade, Axis of Advance and Revenge (indeed, Axis of Advance would've been the title of the third Sacramentary Abolishment album, if the band hadn't gone its separate ways). Anyhow, Sacramentary Abolishment are a personal favorite of mine out of all the aforementioned bands, with this album not only their debut, but being their Pièce de résistance.

The thing that's most notable is the cohesion of this band compared to their descendants, while at times it does blast your bollocks off, there is actually some respite to be found in the slower, doomier sounding tracks which rely on atmosphere rather than pure rage to kick their message home. And what is the band's message? Well, war naturally – but that's just on the surface of things. One of the great things about this album is once you investigate the actual lyrics, they're quite a remarkable read; each song featuring an intelligently written diverse story regarding such unconventional topics as space and astral meanings, to the more meat and potato fare of hatred, misanthropy and bloodlust. The production on the album is crazy, it's almost on the Mortician scales of bass filled, wall reverberating low frequency rumbling which suits the untamed aggression which permeates from every crushing riff and machine gun drumblast upon experiencing the album – the bass is so low you don't hear it, you feel it (I listened to this on full volume in my old car a few years ago, and I swear to god the chassis was coming away from the fucking wheels – now that's metal). Oh yeah, on a side note – check out the vocals on the final track… it's amazing that Paulus could actually speak, let alone sing again after this razorblade gargling fest.

Sacramentary Abolishment's second release The Distracting Stone was good, but never quite managed to match the feral bile-filled quality of this one – worth its weight in gold ten times over not only for its place in mixing the black and death metal genres into its own hatefully evil concoction, but also for its sowing of the embryonic beginnings for the fearsome evil that was to follow in the wake of the band's split.

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