In a sea of
cheesy and corny stuff like today's music so-called extreme world, a
CD and an attitude like Sarcophagus's doesn't pass unobserved, and it's
indeed more surprising they come from the US, so first of all I repute
proper we all congratulate with them for their stubbornness and strength
to resist the shitloads of trends they're engulfed by in a way like
no other place in the world.
From them the only material I've listened to is my copy of the same
CD once released thru DieHard and Pulverizer Recs. in '96, which featured
a different artwork and the same songs tho' in a diverse order, here
at last re-issued (with 4 rehearsed trax) because of the sunset of the
East Coast Death Metal and the unique, sincere and constant commitment
of the US label thru the harsh past years.
Their art product is Black Metal-rooted, thou enriched by a few melodic
parts balancing the extreme ones, several fluent time changes together
with a kinda apocalyptic riffing; some growling appears from time
to time, too.
All of this is clear especially from "Damned Below Judas"
on, accompanied by an anguishing keyboard work in the beginning. Wonderful
are the neck-stretching breaks in the following "One Black Autumn".
S.'s Black Metal becomes quite grinding in "Fuck Pig"
and "Wrath", whereas we meet choking Sabbathian aeons
in "Agony's Tale", displaying not only screaming black
vocals, but also suffering and whispered ones; inspired ideas like these
make "For We..." real fun and deign of respect.
In the 4 rehearsal tracks the recording quality goes - as easily expectable
- remarkably low, with a loss of high frequencies and consequent high
reproduction of the middle range, notwithstanding it remains on sufficient
Interesting the unreleased 3 songs + intro, as they're highly wicked
and raw, the essence of pure evil!!! (just listen to the vocals and
tell me if I'm mistaken...).
Serious, original enough, without compromises, unkind and obscure. If
you guys look for a (Black Metal) band owning these characteristics,
you won't ever repent; and even if you're fans of brutal death mainly
and you usually find Black Metal boring or sterile, you gonna enjoy
this CD. Sure as death and taxes to pay the 4 last songs shall make
your blood freeze like the best Necrophagia only can, of course in a
wholly different way.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 21/08/02