SACRAMENTUM - THY BLACK DESTINY - CENTURY MEDIA
In the past I have found myself as a moderate supporter of Sweden's Sacramentum whose tendency to break out into violent metalashing passages at any given moment was enough to endear them to the ruler of The Metallian Tower. Thy Black Destiny, though, is sadly lacking in any kind of fire or zeal to maim or kill. While the album features a number of admirably fast riffs, these remain scattered and unable to formulate a stand out anywhere among on the ten tracks here. Thy Black destiny, then, while does everything by the book, fails to translate into anything mentionable, lacking perhaps noticeably in both inspiration and punch. Song nine, Weave of Illusion is as close as the quartet comes to producing a quality track here. Funny how in 1999 such a blisteringly fast'n heavy album can translate into little more than a side note. - Ali "The Metallian"
SACRAMENTUM - THE COMING OF CHAOS - CENTURY MEDIA
Century Media's established A&R guideline of picking its many bands from Adipocere Records' roster (i.e. Alastis and Moonspell) continues with the signing of Sweden's Sacramentum. Being a fan of the band's earlier output, The Coming Of Chaos - very good play on words - is a welcome album. There are several changes here, but the album does not disappoint. Specializing in fast black/death metal, the trio formerly bordered on the noisy with the minimal production and a chaotic approaching to its metal. The new disc sees the band maintain its tempo and aggression, but enjoys a more professional sound courtesy of producer Andy La Rocque and more controlled songs. More control and melody are incorporated into the songs which when combined with the band's violent essence bring the Swedes more into the realm lead by Dissection. In this context, given songs like Dreamdeath and To The Sound Of Storms the more diehard fan are advised to buy this CD. - Ali "The Metallian"