Black Witchery [USA]
Inferno of Sacred Destruction
Osmose Productions/Hells Headbangers Records
I have never been particularly fond of “war metal” bands. Black Witchery‘s brand of music has never appealed to me, just like how bands like Conqueror and Revenge never did. Their 2001 and 2005 full length albums were originally considered too “raw” and “bestial” for my liking, and I consciously avoided listening to them even after much recommendation by friends who knew my musical preferences. However, when Black Witchery’s latest album was released, I decided to put aside past experiences with the band’s music and give this a try.
Similar to past albums, Inferno of Sacred Destruction clocks in at less than 30 minutes, and is even the shortest full length released by them to date, with 8 tracks at only 22 minutes. As per Black Witchery style, the band begins their onslaught without any hesitation right from the opening track. Impurath’s vocals are as murderous as ever, with a harsh growl not unlike those of James Read’s . The layering of Impurath’s usual shouts on top of a deep growl certainly added a nice touch to the music overall. While the guitar work on the album is nothing spectacular, it is the usual Black Witchery fare where the band’s point seems to be to get their brand of blasphemy across as straightforward as possible.
The included cover of Conqueror’s Kingdom Against Kingdom is instantly recognisable (unlike many bands that attempt covers and horribly butcher up the songs) and is also performed impeccably, retaining the evil spirit of the original song, yet sounding like a modern update of the track at the same time.
The only thing that could have possibly dragged down this album though was instrumental Sepulchral Witchcraft. While the track certainly reeked of evil, I personally would have preferred it more if Black Witchery had included another of their usual creations instead.
With Inferno of Sacred Destruction, Black Witchery has once again managed to retain the title of one of the most blasphemous band out of America. Just like all other war metal bands, this album is not everyone’s cup of tea and if you hate or can’t stand bands that play war metal in general, then forget about checking Inferno of Sacred Destruction out. Just stick to your Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth then.