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Sacral Night - Ancient Remains

Sacral Night
Ancient Remains
by Jack Harding at 02 July 2019, 3:10 PM

Isn’t it funny how one small element can completely ruin something? Imagine if I served you a glass of the finest champagne known to man, but with a simple drop of poison. The champagne is still delectable, but the single drop of poison renders the whole glass ruined. This doesn’t mean the underlying quality shouldn’t be praised, but it does prevent it from being enjoyed. What, however, is the point of something, meant to entertain, that prevents itself from doing so? SACRAL NIGHT remain in this point of stasis. Too talented and great to be simply ignored, but completely ruined by one faulty element.

What is this one detestable item that turns this record to ash in the listeners’ hands? First impressions are incredibly promising. With opening track “Silent Night, Bloody Night” a moody, macabre atmosphere is summoned forth, developing and evolving as it moves. Slowly, the listener is pushed to the edge of their seat, all in anticipation of the next movement. Where are we being lead? Anticipation is effectively built up, all leading to the true start of the song. Then we are met with the vocals. In complete contrast to the enveloping riffs and eerie atmosphere, in comes a vocal performance that comes straight from a B-movie. Not the enjoyable, “so bad it’s good” type of B-movie either. The kind of movie where vain individuals with no talent whatsoever think that they are their generations Laurence Olivier, when in fact they are the equivalent of Adam Sandler. With cringe inducing warbling, aimless melodies and a general timbre that evokes images of a high schoolers’ Emo phase, these vocals are physically painful to sit through. Never before have I had my enthusiasm built up so quickly, only for it to be completely destroyed straight after. These tragically misplaced vocals don’t just kill these songs, but literally disembowel them.

This blatant drop in quality with the vocals are a real shame. The riffing on display here is genuinely impressing, and over the album’s 30 minutes, the instrumentals are always engaging. However, that drop of poison in the glass cannot be forgiven. SACRAL NIGHT have potential. The only thing that is preventing them from reaching that potential however are the insipid vocals. If they get a new vocalist for their next release, we could be in for a real treat, but until then all we have to judge is this record.

Songwriting: 6
Originality: 7
Memorability: 6
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Silent Night, Bloody Night
2. The Blood Spattered Bride
3. Ancient Remains
4. By Sword, By Pick, By Axe
5. The Last Decade And Beyond
6. The Hexer’s Come
7. To Conquer
8. Unhinged Before Horror
9. The Cohort Rites
Amphycion - Bass Guitars And Vocals
Marc Crapud - Guitars
Morkk - Drums
Record Label: Metal On Metal Records


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Edited 16 October 2019

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