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Review: Sacrilegious Impalement - Cultus Nex
Sacrilegious Impalement
Cultus Nex

Label: Hammer of Hate Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 37:35
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black/Death


Review online: May 23, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (25 Votes)

I got this band's self-titled EP a few years back and thought it was totally derivative but still awesome, so I was happy to get their debut full-length as a promo. Sacrilegious Impalement are all about bowing down before the throne of classic second-wave acts like Mayhem, Darkthrone, and Marduk – or rather bowing down before the classic albums by those bands, since all those bands have changed over the years, while SI are still ready to party like it's 1995.

More pro production this time out, which sounds good but I don't like, as it takes the focus off the guitars and puts it on the very clickety-sounding drums. It makes this more like a Death Metal album, or at least a more commercial Black/Death album. No more of the freezing guitar tone, but just a standard Belphegor/Marduk kind of sound, with clickety drums on top. Sure, it sounds more pro, but it destroys the underground vibe that used to make this band cool. The riffs are not as good this time, and with the weak guitars they don't sound as good. Vocals are very standard Black/Death bellow covered in effects and multitracked all over the place. If SI want to be Belphegor or Behemoth they are on the right track, but I hear so much of this kind of shit it just bores me to death. Yet another promising band lost in the transfer.

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