After giving us a taste of what’s to come with their stunning EP in ‘Plague Hymns’, Sarcoptes bring us their highly awaited full length and it’s got everything they’ve promised and more. They’ve mastered the art of writing near 15-minute epic songs that are an immaculate blend of black and thrash metal laced with atmospheric bits for further emphasis and have alternated them with shorter ones on this album. Each of the songs follow an interconnected series of historical tragedies in chronological order and it’s brilliantly thought and expressed over here, from the events of World War I to the Vietnam war. It’s an intense, balanced and absorbing album that keeps you riveted because of the constantly changing patterns and structures and stands out in the style for doing their own thing. If you’re into fast, driven, thrash-influenced black metal with a flair for storytelling, you definitely need this in your collection.
Line up –
Garrett Garvey – Vocals, Drums
Sean Zimmerman – Guitars, Bass and Keyboards
Artwork by Adam Burke
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