Friday, March 6, 2015

Album Review: "Illusions in Infinite Void" by Sacral Rage

Illusions in Infinite Void
Today's review is by a band from Athens, Greece.

This becomes a bit funnier later on in the review to be perfectly honest.

I'm assuming no one in this band is related to any of our favorites from the peak of Mount Olympus. With all of the years I spent reading those old stories and seeing Athens come up time and time again, yes Theseus and the Minotaur has popped up into my head...of course now if you say Tribute, people would think Hunger Games, but...good lord..sorry.

Today we're listening to the full length debut of Sacral Rage of Athens, Greece. In the past they've released a demo and an EP, but not in that order....

Sacral Rage are one of those bands who take their all of their influences and basically make them into a musical hotdog. Read on, please!

Sacral Rage
This album sounds like an Americanized take on classic European metal.

The rub is that Sacral Rage is European. I suppose this is similar to English bands trying to sound American and American bands trying to sound like Englishmen sounding American?

Vocally, there's that hazy sound so many in the 80's created trying to emulate the great Rob Halford.

But that's not all! In this mishmash of styles there's also the tenor wails like those of Tom Araya trying to sound like Bruce Dickinson and we also are treated to King Diamond like howls in the background. (That's two albums this week where I got to type "King Diamond like howls.") It creates a layer of dynamics that's rarely seen in metal.

Speaking of dynamics, this band stops on a dime and can turn on a pebble. Few bands have the ability to turn the ship like Sacral Rage.

As would be expected, the guitars dance like nimble foxes eluding the hunt. Solos are melodic, fluid, and liquid. Palm muted riffs have clarity rarely seen in the genre.

This album stacks up with any of the great metal records of the 80's, but does it in such a way that makes the style sting in a fresh new way.

Release: 3/10/15
Genre: Metal
Label: Cruz Del Sur
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