Sicktus : Crescent hail from Egypte and the quartet deliver a slab of technical well executed, at times melodic, at times leaning to brutal, death metal, with epic bits – without going over the top, by the way. Atmospheric and full of Egyptian / Middle Eastern traditional music influences – especially tonal, but at times in the instruments as well. Yes, a comparison with Nile would be rather obvious, but I hear more of a (modern) Behemoth kind of sound, with a big oomph of ever onward rolling death, packed chock full with melodies. The band themselves describe their music as blackened death, but the blackened part is not there all that much, if you ask me. Or it has to be the darker undertone in especially the more atmospheric or the more subtle, quieter bits of the album.
Besides influencing the music, the lyrics are also firmly rooted in Egyptian tradition, handling without exception with the glory days of the Great Egyptian Empire and her gods. The main strength of the album lies with its variation, its diversity, both when it comes to pacing and where it concerns the interaction or interchanging between brutality and haunting melody. Another feat of strength is the fact that the band have managed to keep a very consistent level throughout the album, a very high quality level. There aren’t any fillers on this one: Crescent keep ‘The Order Of Amenti’ interesting throughout its (almost an) hour of playing time. I do however question how many spins this will last. The band was founded some 20 years ago (1999) and this is just their second full-length, but given the quality of the songs and execution, I’m pretty sure we will be hearing more of them in the next couple of years.