US black metal band Sarcoptes released a stunner of an album in ‘Songs and Dances of Death’ and this one carries forward the same sound but in a far more elaborate and meticulous way. It’s an EP but it’s highly enjoyable and sets the tone for what’s to come from the band. Check out the first track that’s streaming on Bandcamp and YouTube.
Sarcoptes (US) – Plague Hymns (October 2nd, 2020)
Genre – Black/Thrash Metal
Release Date – October 2nd, 2020
Record Label – Transcending Obscurity Records
For fans of – Emperor, Sathanas, Nifelheim, Aura Noir, Destroyer 666, Immortal, Absu, Abbath, early Satyricon
Following hard on the heels of the highly acclaimed debut full length album that showcased Sarcoptes‘ ingenuity of blending thrash and death metal influences effortlessly in an epic black metal template, on this new EP they take things up a notch and exhibit renewed passion and flair further cementing their unique yet highly enjoyable sound. The two songs here are terrific examples of brilliant songwriting that weaves together myriad elements without losing cohesion or continuity. The result is absolutely thrilling and rivetting; the songs don’t seem to overstay their welcome despite being long and continue their epic and intense onslaught without ever waning. This EP serves as a perfect precursor to the upcoming full length album that is in the works. If this is anything to go by, the future of US black metal is in safe hands.
Band lineup –
Garrett Garvey – Vocals
Drums Sean Zimmerman – Guitars, Bass and Keyboards
Artwork by Ze Burnay
Logo by Christophe Szpajdel
Layout by Francesco Gemelli
Track listing –
1. The Vertigo Soul
2. La Moria Grandissima