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Review: Suicidal Angels - Sanctify the Darkness
Suicidal Angels
Sanctify the Darkness

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 38:16
Tracks: 11
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: January 10, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.88/5 (77.69%) (26 Votes)

It's been a couple of years since the excellent Eternal Domination first graced my speakers, and I must say my expectations were high for this second full-length. Well, it's good, but not nearly as good as I hoped, and it does take some time to grow on you. The vocals are less raspy this time around, reminding me a little bit of the style used by New Jersey's Eliminator at times. I very much prefer the previous style, even though this here isn't too bad – it's aggressive alright, but clearer and more enunciated – definitely no problems understanding the lyrics and the all-guns-blazing assault on Christianity. No love here, people!

While the basic style is very much similar to Eternal Domination – raw and dirty (a little less this time around) mid to fast-paced 80s German-style Thrash that often shreds through the speakers like there's no tomorrow, Sanctify the Darkness is much catchier, and it's both good and bad. Yeah you've got the headbanging, fist-in-the-air material that sticks in your head, but at times it sounds a little bit goofy – something you need to either get used to, or just shake your head at. I'm somewhere between the two at this point. Most of the songs are fine, but, for example "Dark Abyss (Your Fate Is Colored Black)" just irritates me – it just sounds a little dumb on the site.

While Eternal Domination had a rather rough production that was quite fitting, Sanctify the Darkness is more polished, and it just doesn't sound as... "evil" as its predecessor. It's aggressive, yes, but it just doesn't have that dark, evil-sounding atmosphere, which is a real shame. People who haven't heard Eternal Domination will probably like this better at first, and this is by no means a bad album – it just doesn't quite reach the bar the band set back in 2007.

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