SACRILEGIUM: Wicher double LP (2x black vinyl, gatefold sleeve, printed insert)
SACRILEGIUM: Wicher double LP
(2x black vinyl, gatefold sleeve, printed insert)
Emerging from Northern Poland in the early 90s, Sacrilegium perfectly embody the country’s distinctly emotive and passionate approach to black metal during that decade. Like so many of their countrymen, the band took significant inspiration from Scandinavia, yet also brought a wealth of influence from other extreme metal acts, many of whom had preceded the Norwegian explosion. Also like many of their countrymen, the band underwent something of a transformation between their demos and this, their debut album, moving from furious Satanic beginnings toward a more atmospheric and Pagan/spiritual/nature-inspired form of expression.
Often stirring and melodic, Wicher’s sound is furious yet well considered, each track built upon big buzzsaw riffs and underlined by epic synth melodies and pounding mid-paced percussion, the band also using a notable degree of vocal variety, including chanted/spoken word vocals. In many ways this album epitomises the classic mid-to-late 90s Polish black metal approach, the sense of dedication and reverence palpable, the songs rich yet also straightforward, unfussy and from the heart. A rather overlooked release from a country now recognised for its hefty contribution to the genre.
Sacrilegium are also interviewed in the book 'Black Metal: Into The Abyss', also available at this store.
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[Item type: Black metal LP vinyl]