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Sacrimony : And Abyss He Created

Is there something to save in Sacrimony's first album?

Nothing can be saved. All is doomed.

Nice start for a Doom Metal review, eh? With such tasty words, one usually thinks there’s some greatness ahead, some palpable misery that’ll cling to our desperate souls. Yeah. Right. Sacrimony’s demo ’And Abyss He Created’ really can’t be saved. There is nothing in there that is worth the time you’d be spending on listening to that album.

What you have here is plain old generic Funeral Doom without the vocals you love: it’s all instrumental and very Slavic in essence. Obviously if you’re accustomed to the hidden spheres of the genre, you know that Russia and Ukraine are two of the most prolific Doom providers, but sometimes too much is too much.

Laced with cheap synths, Sacrimony deliver the same music over and over. Lack of talent, and lack of variation with what appears to be one single riff throughout the whole recording. Add to this some really weird drum programming (hey, let’s add a snare here and there for good measure), and you’ve got about one of the worst things my ears came upon in a very long while. It’s so generic it’s pathetic...

Sure you’d think bands like Shape of Despair or Colosseum did a fairly good job with the keys and their Funeral Doom is worth its fair share, but Sacrimony is in a league of its own. Like 20,000 leagues under the sea... If you want a comparison, the closest thing I could think of would be Ankhagram, but that could give off the wrong impression because the guy of Ankhagram has TALENT.

I guess in the end, the only thing worth a damn in all this masquerade is the cool moniker of the band, with its fine wordplay, but that does not make it better, now does it?

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Shades in Grey
2. Stay Under the Snow
3. Her Freezing Beauty
4. Angels Autumnal Shimmer
5. …And Abyss He Created

Duration : Approx: 49 minutes

Visit the Sacrimony bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-05-28 by Frédéric Cerfvol
Hate Your Guts Records
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