|Review: Albert Bell's Sacro Sanctus - Deus Volt|
Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2014
Review online: March 6, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (11 Votes)
Malta's Albert Bell has made himself known through his participation in iconic Doom Metal acts like Forsaken and Nomad Son. His work has turned out to be incredibly popular in the Metal community worldwide. He has now decided to test his wings on his own.
Sacro Sanctus (or Albert Bell's Sacro Sanctus) is Albert's solo project. Thematically Deus Volt focuses on "a fictional tale that charts the conjuring and embracing of arcane forces by the higher echelons of the Fatimid dynasty in the midst of efforts of rival caliphates to oust their supremacy. As Fatimid power is ascertained, a bolder challenge arises in the form of successive crusader incursions, spearheaded by the rise of the Knights Templar and other Christian military orders, including the Knights of Outremer and the Knights Hospitalier (Knights of St.John). As their banners rise and battle-cries holler in the East, Christianity's ever-increasing military and political power and expansive ambitions resonate across uncharted territory" (this information taken from the band's bio).
Musically this is far more stripped-down, more sinister, and darker sounding than Albert's main bands. Also, Albert does not use his vocals the same way as he does with those other acts; he mostly speaks his vocal lines with a dark and harsh tone on Deus Volt. Nonetheless, he still sounds pretty impressive and of course his songwriter pencil is still as sharp as ever. At times his songs reach an epic level and Black Sabbath's massive ghost hangs above this dark and menacing album.
It seems like Albert can do no wrong with this solo project. I have to take my Viking helmet off and salute his achievements on Deus Volt. Albert is the true king of creativeness and innovation.
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