Roel de Haan : Phendrana is a new one-man band hailing from Mexico and this ‘Sanctum: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi’ iis it debut. Considering this was made solely by a young man still in his teens, this album is quite impressive. However, taking that out of the equation should give us a more balanced view of the album. Phendrana plays atmospheric melodic black metal with plenty of influences from other genres. Most notably progressive metal, gothic, death and even doom. Lush melodies, soothing female vocals and wailing black metal screams go in hand with prog-riffs, blast and synths. While some of the riffs might reveal the youth of its creator, others are surprisingly full of depth and emotion. This is especially true for the more somber riffs. The three instrumental atmospheric tracks are nice but perhaps interrupt the flow of the album. A minor qualm though. As the other four tracks are quite capable of showing Phendrana’s potential. Although some of the might feel bloated and the segues are sometimes a bit contrived, ‘Sanctum: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi’ is a very promising album.