Sacrificial Carmen – Ikuisen Tulen Kammiossa

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Saturnal Records
Distributor/label URL: https://www.saturnalrecords.com
Released: 2015
Buy album URL: http://www.saturnalrecords.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=12&products_id=574
Band Website: https://sacrificiumcarmen.bandcamp.com

Band line-up:

Hoath Cambion – vocals
Advorsvs – guitars
Profostus – guitars & backing vocals
Hypnos – bass
Xeth – drums

Track listing:

1. Lucifer
2. Öisen Haahkan Liekeissä
3. Pimeän ilmän Goetia
4. Kaaoksen Käärme
5. Nemesis
6. Verialkemia
7. Julman Sanasta
8. Yön Kasvot

Review:

Ikuisen Tulen Kammiossa is the debut album by Finnish black metal band Sacrificium Carmen. After the release of their demo in 2013, they’ve steadily made themselves known through their impeccable sound, drawing their inspiration exclusively from the occult and Satanism. This release on Saturnal Records is melodic, atmospheric and aggressive.

Beginning this album with distorted low chords and drums that are more reminiscent of stadium rock than black metal, ‘Lucifer’ quickly picks up pace and settles into that familiar Finnish sound. The vocals are a great mix of lower growls and the occasional higher pitch, adding a death metal edge without losing the anguish of black metal. You’re also hit by the exceptional production, you can hear everything. The second track ‘Öisen Haahkan Liekeissä’ doesn’t lose that either, even with the merciless drumming and harmonised vocal lines. Interspersed with passages of heavy pounding, this track has a melodic edge in the guitars and vocals, the latter providing this track with some unusual textures before a guitar solo closes it. ‘Pimeän ilmän Goetia’ has a fun, bouncy rhythm and a multitude of catchy riffs and vocal passages. ‘Kaaoksen Käärme’ keeps up the pace but there are some more developed riffs and melodic fills underlaid by a steady bass end. ‘Nemesis’ powers through relentlessly before the pace slows for ‘Verialkemia’. Penultimate track ‘Julman Sanasta’ has some ferocious vocals overlaying their melodic, fast-paced, blackened sound until the final track ‘Yön Kasvot’ descends into a dense melodic drudging, seeing out the end of the album with further blasts of riffs.

Ikuisen Tulen Kammiossa begins slowly but doesn’t take long to fill with fast riffs, blast beats and ferocious vocals. This is really well composed and produced, allowing the melodic aspect to come through clearly while retaining the aggression of black metal. While this album is pretty easy to digest it’s well worth a listen, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from Sacrificium Carmen.

Review by Helena Byrne
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