Sakrileg – Sakrileg

Released 2nd October 2013
Raw Black Metal
Released via Cursed Records

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Sakrileg is the debut album from the Austrian black metal band of the same name. Sakrileg was formed back in 2009 and after the release of their demo ‘Demonen’ they became the first band to sign with Cursed Records in 2011.

First up is Propaganda which features what appears to be an air-raid alarm instead of an intro. What follows is some Burzum/Xasthur -style raw black metal. There’s no mistaking the howl-like vocals and the unrefined guitar riffs, Sakrileg offers the same eerie feel as the forefathers of the genre. Ein Feldpostbrief is the ultimate grim anthem of despair, the vocals mimic cries of anguish and possibly pain whilst the guitars offer no chance of salvation.

This pretty much sets the tone for this rest of the album. If it’s melody and ambiance you’re after then I’d advise you to stay clear of Sakrileg, it will give you a headache. Luckily I don’t mind being subjected to the occasional dose of raw black metal though it’s not something I listen to on a regular basis. Anyway back to the music… In Abschiedsbrief (meiner toten russischen Freundin) the guitars have a drony tinge to their sound and the howling is as prominent as ever. Oddly enough, there’s one part of the song when the howling is dropped, albeit temporarily, in favor of something resembling a semi-growl. Other noteworthy tracks include Verloren, which sees the emphasis shift towards the monotonous guitar riffs giving the song a certain haunting feel, and the eerie instrumental Outroduktion.

Overall this is a decent raw black metal album. I’m sure that fans of bands such as Burzum and Xasthur will enjoy it.


Iza Raittila

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