Sacrocurse- Sulphur Blessing

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sacrocurse hasn’t even been around for a year, but they have already released their debut demo Sulphur Blessing on cassette via Iron Bonehead Productions. But don’t mistake this to be a group of newcomers, as they have two members of Turkey’s Godslaying Hellblast in their ranks along with guitarist ZK who has been in Morbosidad and Obeisance. Sulphur Blessing offers four tracks of raw black/death metal, but unlike some of the others in the genre these guys aren’t just blasting away to the point of repetition. There’s definitely room for further exploration, but for a demo that was put together in less than a year or so Sacrocurse has already achieved quite a bit.

The press blurb that came with Sulphur Blessing mentions the material as being black/death metal in the South American tradition, and this seems accurate considering there is a good deal of blasting from both the guitar and drums. But what I was reminded of the most as I listened to these four tracks was early Nifelheim. There is that same type of raw energy and abrasiveness combined with killer solos and deviations between songs that made that group’s earlier records stand out so much for me. It makes a big difference, because far too often black/death metal groups simply establish the wall of sound and then stop there. Sacrocurse avoids this by not only having a blasting wall of sound but also including some mid-tempo sections and fast and furious guitar solos. The production values are a little better than listeners might expect, as there’s a bit more clarity between the instruments and the vocals aren’t completely buried in the mix, but a rawer edge remains that still gives off a more old-school feel.

Vocalist AD is another reason I get a strong Nifelheim vibe from this demo, as he has the same type of higher pitched raspy scream as Hellbutcher. On each of the tracks I heard some much lower growls serving as backups, and I’m not sure if one of the other two members is contributing these but when both styles were used at the same time they filled out the sound significantly. Sacrocurse has ensured that the vocals are as prominent as possible without completely overpowering the instrumentals, and this is a great thing as it ensures they’re always in your face and benefiting from the sheer amount of energy created by the instrumentals.

Black/death metal seems to have new bands popping up on a regular basis, but Sacrocurse is one of the few that actually seems to have some substance. Sulphur Blessing has plenty of the blasting you would expect but switches things up enough that it’s possible to tell the songs apart. There remains room for further growth and even crazier riffs and solos, and I suspect that the group will have even better things to offer listeners in the future. But given how much has been accomplished so quickly, this demo still stands as a worthy purchase for those of you seeking more abrasive black/death metal for your collection.

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