Principality of Hell – Sulfur & Bane

Rating: 1/5
Distributor/label: Osmose Productions
Distributor/label URL: www.osmoseproductions.com
Released: 2016
Buy Album: http://www.osmoseproductions.com/item/2/94903-110402-1201-1-0/118339865/principality-of-hell-sulfur-bane.html
Band Website: www.facebook.com/PrincipalityOfHell

Principality of Hell - Sulfur & Bane

Band line-up:

The Magus – bass/ vocals
El – guitars
J. – drums

Guest vocalists:
-Acherontas V.Priest of ACHERONTAS on “Dawn of Megiddo” (CELTIC FROST cover)
-Sakis of ROTTING CHRIST on “Blasphemer” (SODOM cover)
-Nick J. Tragakis of EXARSIS on “Evil Invaders” (RAZOR cover)

Tracklisting:

1. A Prayer
2. Blood Moon Rising
3. Sons of the Desert
4. The Invisible Empire
5. Sulfur & Bane
6. The Diabolist
7. In the Shadows of Sodom
8. The Black Ram
9. Den of the Serpent
10. The Marble Witch
11. Blasphemer (Sodom cover)
12. Dawn of Megiddo (Celtic Frost cover)
13. Black Magic (Slayer cover)
14. Evil Invaders (Razor cover)
15. In League with Satan (Venom cover)
16. Sacrifice (Bathory cover)

Review

Sulfur & Bane is the second album of Principality of Hell released by Osmose Productions. It does what they say it is going to do, but I do not know if that is an accomplishment in itself considering what they say it will do is to just imitate 30 year-old music.

The album opens with a prayer, literally. So here we go into a Satanic journey! As their press release says, this album is indeed here to honour the roots of black metal. Stylistically, you hear Bathory and Celtic Frost –not even the 90s- in ‘Blood Moon Rising’. The guitar solo is very much from the 80s as well, almost a Venom-like solo. ‘Sons of the Desert’ sounds exactly like what you would expect, nothing surprising, which is getting more and more disappointing at this point. The band says about the album: ‘if we were 10-12 years older, this is the music which would have been released in 1983-1984’. This is completely accurate. This album is 1980s black metal.

I am really struggling to continue the album at track 5 ‘Sulfur & Bane’. ‘The Diabolist’ brings in some Motorhead influence. The album is all things done countless times. I will not go into each song and point to which band it imitates. This would be a waste of your time. The album also incorporates covers from Slayer, Sodom, Razor, Celtic Frost, Venom, and Bathory. So in case you were not convinced how good they imitate, they put the covers from the same bands for you to compare and contrast yourself. All these covers are, as you may expect, performed to the letter. It is one of the most boring ‘new’ albums I had the misfortune to listen to in a while. If you are a fan of 80s black metal and if you are looking for more of the same but in 2016 then go for the album, otherwise, well you know, Celtic Frost and Bathory back-catalogues are available pretty much everywhere!

Review by M Selim Yavuz
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