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Black Witchery: Inferno of Sacred Destruction
Black Metal
Hell’s Headbangers Records
January 18th, 2010
Release length: 24:19
Black Witchery formed back in 1999, and since then has been a band that was reliable on putting out plenty of releases in the ten years it was a group. Of course, now this Black Metal act has existed for eleven years, and welcomes that extra time with their third full-length effort, Inferno of Sacred Destruction, which follows up their previous full-length effort about six years later, though it was released in late 2010 under Osmose Productions. With the band keeping a rather steady line-up, having had only one change with the removal of drummer/guitarist Darkwolf in 1997, it’s safe to expect the same kind of Black Metal from the band. Right?

While the musical approach of Black Witchery hasn’t seemed to change one bit, still coming off a brutal, unrelenting Black Metal assault, there’s no denying that the band hasn’t really improved on making their releases all that interesting. Inferno of Sacred Destruction is an album composed of music that sound very similar from one track to another, focusing more on the blastbeat fueled third general Black Metal idea, and it’s just not something that really works out for the band. The production of the recording is, of course, a raw quality, and while it helps out in some ways, it just isn’t enough to make the music all that interesting. Pretty much each song is comprised of furious black beats that don’t really seem to change from one song to another, and the guitars are pretty low in the mix, and can often come across more as if you are just listening to a bass, as if they are being drowned out completely at times by the heavily echoed shouting vocals, which is really the only sign of life on this recording, though there isn’t too great a range for them here, either, outside the occassionally layered screaming with increased volume, such as on the track “Apocalyptic Carnage”.

While listed as a full-length, the release is only a little more then twenty four minutes, which typically leaves the recording classified as an EP, or at the very most an MCD. Of course, this will leave many Black Metal fans rather unhappy, considering how short the songs are, and how some of them just seem to fade out for no reason, as if there is more to the song that the band decided to just not perform, such as the ending to “Apocalyptic Carnage”. On top of all that, the drumming doesn’t even sound too natural, though there is a human playing the instrument, or at least is listed as playing it. The drumming comes off more as robotic sounding, following a specific pattern that never seems to shift at any point from the start of the song, to the end of the track. This is something to appears on all the songs, but becomes more obvious in the shorter tracks like “Antichrist Order of Holy Death” and especially “Barbarism Domination”. Tack on the guitars don’t seem to offer much outside one steady set of chords played at a slower, chugging pace and Inferno of Sacred Destruction becomes a quickly boring release for many fans of the style, despite the overal brutal music and vocals that is clearly being played, but unfortunately not displayed enough by the band to get the listeners blood going, or even feed into his or her own rage.

There really isn’t much that stands out on this effort, though the “Intromancy” tracks on here do offer some atmosphere setting moments that work better then the actual music does. On top of that, “Inferno of Sacred Destruction” offers some music that listeners can sink their teeth into, offering up some variation to their music through the track, but the main thing about this song is the slower drumming that brings a more march-like feel to the music, which greatly helps to make the music not feel dull, repetitive, and robotic from start to finish, though the march-like pounding of the drums can become boring before the song fades out to it’s close.

While the music carries a brutal, in-your-face feeling, the overall delivery comes off very boring and repetitive once you make it past “Holocaustic Church Devastation”. Practically every track on this release sounds the same with only a few small changes, and some tracks are just the same repetitive music from the first three or four seconds played until the end of the track, and it really just doesn’t work and comes off more as an amateurish move to fill time and get an album out to the fans of the style, or of the band in general. Inferno of Sacred Destruction is an album that could easily be passed up, though if you know someone who has it, it’s worth checking out one or two tracks just to hear what the band is up to, and what their musical approach is now compared to what they started out with many a year ago.

01. Intromancy – 1:13
02. Holocaustic Church Devastation – 3:16
03. Antichrist Order of Holy Death – 2:41
04. Intromancy – 0:47
05. Apocalyptic Carnage – 2:12
06. Barbarism Domination – 1:52
07. Inferno of Sacred Destruction – 3:58
08. Kingdom Against Kingdom (Conqueror cover) – 2:09
09. Sepulchral Witchcraft – 2:04
10. Ascension of the Obscure Moon – 4:00
Overall Score: 3.5/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Hell’s Headbangers Records.