Koen S. : The Finnish black metal horde Sacrificum Carmen releases a new LP, called 'Hermetica'. Their previous album 'Ikuisen Tulen Kammiossa' from 2015 was received very well and I myself was also pleased with the not so typical black metal of these guys, but along the way the band seemed to be forgotten and their album was just gathering dust in my collection. I was shocked when I got this review request, but at the same time it was a great opportunity to rediscover the band.
The Satanic black metal train rages on with 'Hermetica', but without the clean vocals this time. No blast beats on top of ferocious riffs here, but mid-paced, melodic black with icy vocals and crisp, clean sounding guitars. The vocals of Hoath Cambion sound really horrid. His inhuman screeching chills you to the bone. At first sight and hearing this is your typical second wave black metal, but it goes way beyond that. Title song 'Hermetica' starts as a Motörhead track and in other songs I hear Venom-like parts, sometimes I hear Tribulation or Slaegt and sometimes Carpathian Forest or even Kvelertak. Sometimes it is just details, but those unexpected twists let the record sound fresh, vivid and interesting. The production is immaculate, and that’s ok, but I prefer a dirtier sound.
Just before the release of 'Hermetica' Sacrificium Carmen released a split with Sarkrista and Malum which is also worth checking out. Lovers of Finnish violence like Sargeist and Behexen or Azaghal and Horna can feel free to pick up this disc.