Alastor Sanguinary Embryo – For Satan and the Ruin of the Divine

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Satanath Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.satanath.com/
Released: 2015
Buy Album [URL]: http://www.discogs.com/sell/release/6786983?ev=rb
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/AlastorSE/

ASE1Band line-up:

Abrahkkan – Vocals
Aeon – Keyboards, Piano
Braexes Malaphar – Guitars
Sroth Saraiel – Drums
Saaht Noszfeuhl – Bass

Tracklisting:
  1. We Forged the Wound in the Christian Scar
  2. Summoning the Beast of Stigmata
  3. War, Pestilence, Famine and Death
  4. …and Your Kingdom has Fallen
  5. Thick Darkness Below the Feet of the Crucified
  6. Immolate the Bethlehem Son
  7. Black Dysangelion Chapter I: Invocation to Satan
  8. Black Dysangelion Chapter II: The Holy Ghost Banishment
  9. Black Dysangelion Chpter III: Diabolus Victoriam
  10. Beyond My Unconscious Deep XLIX
Review

2015 has stood out for one thing in my metal musings, and that’s the discovery of many great bands from the faraway land of South America. Already this year I’ve reviewed many an impressive group from Brazil, Argentina, and now Costa Rica is on the black metal map with veteran band Alastor Sanguinary Embryo’s new release.

I was intrigued first by the band name. For those who don’t know, Alastor was an epithet of Zeus, who reigned vengeance on the wicked in the early days of Ancient Greek mythology. And with the sanguinary element it seems this band have given themselves one hell of an occult-esque name, literally translating to Alastor’s evil child who will reign bloodshed and terror.

So far, so good. And to top it all, FOR SATAN AND THE RUIN OF THE DIVINE is one mind blowing tour of duty across the post apocalyptic plains of a land that has witnessed pure terror. We open with brutal tempos and grindcore like drums accompanied by a scream which is laden perfectly over the music. Second track is a tad slower and has a gothic edge with the pianos before descending into a series of songs which I think best describe a third wave black metal act without all the theatrics and symphonies you’d assume such a group to come with.

Eventually the band begins to sound similar to Marduk in their Rom 5:12 days. That is a very good thing for a band who sing about the occult, and I think being on the road for 20 years and this being their first release in 10 means this band have gathered all the right experience.

Eventually we end on a majestic crescendo which reminded me of Darkenhold leading me to want to listen to this album again. Much replay value is guaranteed. A journey into the ends of the earth with all the right elements to bring pain and misery and sorrow.

Exelente trabajo amigos.

Review by Demitri Levantis
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