Poland's Sacrilegium have returned with their comeback album that has been awaited for 20 years which shows the music going into more of an occult black metal direction and this is a review of their 2016 album "Anima Lucifera" which will be released in March by Pagan Records.
Avant garde sounds start off the album giving the recording more of an experimental feeling along with a touch of ambient and after a few seconds clean guitars and melodic guitar leads make their presence known on the songs along with the guitar riffs getting heavier which also leads up to soem grim screams and the music going into a very fast and raw black metal direction.
Blast beats can be heard quite a bit during the faster sections of the music while the guitar riffs also utilize a great amount of melody and they also mix the atmospheric and heavy parts together along with the synths bringing in a very epic like quality to the tracks and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the album progresses clean playing makes a return in certain sections of the recording and one track also brings in a brief use of ritualistic spoken word parts.
Sacrilegium creates an album that moves away from their Polish pagan/black metal sound of the 90's and becomes more guitar driven and the music is in more of an aggressive occult black metal direction this time around while also retaining the grimness of their older material, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover Luciferian, Left Hand Path, and Occultism themes along with some references to W.B Yeats, Leopold Staff, and Ferdnando Pessoa.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Sacrilegium and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Angelus (Anima Lucifera)" "The Serpent Throne" and "Venomous Spell Of Fate". 8 out of 10.