SACRIFICIUM - PREY FOR YOUR GODS (Whirlwind Records)
(Review by Sloof)
Death Metal straight out of Germany, and although this band is already several years in the running, they still have a hunger to maim, kill and destroy everything what’s on their path. What a great target and objective for a band that wants to set their message clear: Mayhem, Violence and a scythe is present all the time! Originally started as Hardway, but when the members decided that the music wasn’t hard enough, they switched gear and renamed as Corpus Christi. When they decided that the musical direction should be even more brutal and indolent, they finally teamed up as Sacrificium. A few demos were recorded in between 1994 and 1998, followed by the debut full length album ‘Cold Black Piece Of Flesh’ (2002). The band received great reviews and the audience went wild at live gigs. It all resulted in new, fresh energy to record a second album around 2005. When ‘Escaping the Stupor’ was released, the band continued their path to success and neck-breaking gigs followed. A lot of lineup changes in the past resulted in achieving their nowadays maturity and as the band exists now for 20 years, they want to celebrate this event with a third album ‘Prey For Your Gods’, which is released by Whirlwind Records.
Sacrificium played gigs with bands like Unleashed, Hatesphere, Dismember and Extol, and the musical style of Sacrificium fits really well with the just mentioned teammates. Brutality is a must, without talking about blind rage. They organize their songs, they bring their arrangements to perfection and they add a deeper meaning and sense to the repudiated mental thoughts. It’s mayhem but dosed, it’s vicious and vile, but never exorbitant. The band knows exactly when they have to pull the strings and they know even better when to switch into full throttle. This is Death Metal but with limits, as they don’t want to cross the boarders too far. The vocals of Claudio Enzler give rawness to the structures of guitar players Oliver Tesch and Matthias Brandt. Bass player Thorsten Brandt (twin brother of Matthias) and drummer Mario Henning assure a bloody concrete to build their massive structures on, and all five members together know exactly their spot in the band.
From the very first track ‘Contradiction Of A Depressed Void’ we hear a band at full speed, while drums incite the horde! The vocals are brutal, frightening and at the same time imperative! ‘From Solitude To Insanity’ starts a bit slower, but has a very heavy structure. The next track is ‘To Forgive And To Suffer’, and although this track has a very original start, it doesn’t take long to unleash their demons again. The same counts for ‘Worship To Grotesque’ that has a modest pace, but the vocals of Claudio add a lot of heaviness to the track! Before we can hear the pretty fast title track, we get ‘Once Again’ that is probably the slowest song on this third album. If you like it really fast, I suggest ‘The Fallen Ones’ as excerpt and you won’t be able to control your neck muscles!
All in all an album that pleases me all the way, albeit not really original. There are many releases in this genre nowadays, but the enthusiasm of the members of Sacrificium result in an album that emerges the average Death Metal releases from last months.
My rating: 80 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish