Sicktus : Ziggurat are a duo from Israel and they deliver blackened death on their debut EP ‘Ritual Miasma’. Supporting them on drums is Manuel “Menthor” Rodrigue, who is no stranger to doing some guest drum work and who has an impressive list of albums he has contributed on, on his curriculum.
Musically, ‘Ritual Miasma’ offers fast and steady, driving drumming, often using a heavy blast bombardment, over which massive riffs, pointy leads and (well timed) passages of melody and groove are strewn out – which does enough to get a green light on the “variation” part.
Their strongest asset however is the way they create this ever present lingering, continuously threatening atmosphere. A darkness. A feeling of danger, impending doom, which emanates from every song, building up to an unstoppable wave that almost seems to want to drown the listener, drag you down. It is this combination of propelling, driving drums, be it layered blasts or furiously stampeding kicks, with dark, heavy, blackened riffs that give this EP its power. Leaning towards (melodic) black at times, nodding towards (death/)doom at others, but always with a core of gritty death and delivered in a modern, clear sound. Nice debut EP by these guys! ‘Ritual Miasma’ will be out on CD and LP. A cassette version has already been released through Caligari Records a couple of months ago.