Sacrocurse – Unholier Master (Hells Headbangers)

Sunday, 11th May 2014
Rating: 7/10

Not allowing the Atlantic Ocean to create a barrier against all things black and death metal, Sacrocurse is a bi-national band with members from both Mexico and Turkey.  The wonders of modern technology strike again!  Surely not the coupling you would expect to find on a regular basis, but the bottom line is that death metal is death metal, no matter where you are (insert group hug here).

Sacrocurse is firmly rooted in the bestial blackened death metal of yore and yearns to crush all denizens with their war cries.  With speeds of the mostly blast-beat driven levels and a sturdy old-school production, this is fast paced stuff that fans of the recently issued Eskhaton will enjoy.  Perhaps its because they are fewer and far between, it does seem like some of the best moments on Unholier Master occur when Sacrocurse take things down a notch or two.  The heavy groove on “Sulphur Blessing” or “End of Mankind Universe” brings some needed memorability to the otherwise blitzkrieg tone.  Another added bonus is that of some Morbid Angel-inspired soloing that usually manages to catch the ear with their rapid delivery.

Not to get into too many melodies, Unholier Master is first and foremost a vehicle of musical warfare.  Be it as a positive or a negative for the ear of the beholder, expect no compromise or mellowing over the course of the disc.  With the focus on speed, there is a tendency for things to blur together and let’s face it; this form of blackened death metal isn’t going to win any originality awards.  But for what it is, this is the stuff that melts faces and takes names.  Probably in that order.

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