December 21st, 2010
Release length: 40:21
Of course, there’s no denying that there are plenty of striking similarities between Calm Hatchery and Nile, especially with this recording. The music on Sacrilege of Humanity often shares an Egyptian/Middle Eastern sound, and come sometimes have tracks that sound reminiscent of already established Nile material. All of this becomes pretty obvious, right from the start with “Sea of Truth”, though “Rattlesnake’s Dream”, the introduction track, does a nice job setting up the Egyptian atmosphere that is apparent with one look at the album’s artwork. But, while the music isn’t completely original, the band has a few traits that set them appart. The music isn’t that of a Brutal Death Metal album, and it’s not soaked in chords and ritualistic-sounding drumming to give off a pure Egyptian feel, but more composed in a traditional Death Metal style with more intensity and technical performances that don’t utilize Middle Eastern concepts in the music itself as a crutch for the band, relying more on talent then overall regional atmosphere.
With those notes aside, Sacrilege of Humanity is far from a carbon copy release. The material presented here is tightly executed, and rich with intensity that is expected from a genuine Death Metal effort. While the obvious Polish Death Metal influence is there, you can clearly hear plenty of other Death Metal approaches in the mix too, with material that could nicely fit on a God Dethroned or even Cannibal Corpse effort at times. Each track on here is perfectly executed and fluid with a good amount of changes to keep the release from becoming repetitive, and utilizes plenty of seemless bridges to ensure that everything goes along smoothly from the start. Each track of this release stands out nicely on it’s own, such as the hammering “Hymn of the Forgotten”, which blends faster paced music with a slight Middle Eastern feel against crushing slower paced music that is pushed along nicely with the haunting guitars. “Them” is another great track, really coming off more as an epic Death Metal track due to it’s intensity, speed, and energetic performance, making it one of the best tracks, if not the best track, off the entire recording. While this song features the band at it’s fastest, as well as most intense, “Masserschmitt” shows the band’s technical ability nicely through pounding pounding drums and tight, technical guitars that bring the chugging music into a more ancient marching approach at times, really taking a different step forward for the release.
There’s nothing on this release that casts a bad shadow on the release, but there are some elements that will leave the listener confused. The only complaints that can be made stem from the very end of the recording. “The Blood of Stalingrad” is a nice somber piece. The music sounds more like a reflective passage then anything else, and for what it is, it’s a great track. The problem with it is the audio samples that appear in the song, and the music behind them, which feel as if they eat up too much time are lead the song into a bland and stereotypical direction, causing it to eventually overstay it’s welcome and leave the listener a bit disapointed since it could have been a fantastic closing track had a little more care and consideration went into how those audio samples were utilized and backed up by the band themselves. Following that comes an untitled track that is nothing but silence, acting as the gap between the material on the album, and a hidden bonus track. Of course, this track, and the closing track “Maerd S’ekenselttar” don’t necessarily appear on all track listings, but given that “Maerd S’ekanselttar” is an Egyptian/Middle Eastern-rich atmospheric instrumental like “Rattlesnake’s Dream”, it makes no sense whatsoever that it was preceeded with one minute and thirty seconds of silence after “The Blood of Stalingrad”, and would have made a very suitable closing track considering it ends the album in the same ancient, regional tone as the introductory track. Of course, this is something that be quickly fixed if you’re listening to this as an MP3 release, but it’s annoying on any factory pressed version of the album.
Aside some obvious oversight at the end that only feels like rushed or simply bad ideas put into effect, Calm Hatchery‘s follow-up full-length effort, Sacrilege of Humanity is a strong effort indeed. The album is full of heavy, brutalizing Death Metal, without crossing the line into a Brutal Death Metal effort, that manages to take the music and weave some very atmospheric songs that don’t rely solely on the concepts of ancient Egyptian or Middle Eastern cultures, or even those of today. Instead, the material goes from intense and dominating to slower and soul crushing with a nice feeling of desolation. If you’re looking for a solid Death Metal release that won’t truly disapoint, then Sacrilege of Humanity should easily be on the top of your list of albums worth checking out.
01. Rattlesnake’s Dream – 1:35
02. Sea of Truth – 3:46
03. Messerschmitt – 2:59
04. We Are the Universe – 3:45
05. Mirror Giants – 2:51
06. Hymn of the Forgotten – 2:38
07. Them – 3:13
08. Lost in the Sands – 4:16
09. Those Who Were – 2:20
10. Shine for the Chosen One – 3:52
11. The Blood of Stalingrad – 5:44
12. untitled – 1:30
13. Maerd S’ekanselttar – 1:33
|Overall Score: 9.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Selfmadegod Records via Earsplit PR.