SACRAL RAGE - Illusions In Infinite Void

Sacral Rage - Illusions In Infinite Void

9 songs
50:37 minutes
***** ****
Cruz Del Sur


Resorting to Eighties metal may not be the bold statement it used to be, but then mostly it’s the thrash metal genre of that era that has been popularly copied these last few years. Young Greek band Sacral Rage has set its aims to the even back then more obscure speed metal subgenre, with occasional progressive and power metal excursions. After two demos and one EP, Illusions In Infinite Void is the quartet’s debut longplayer on Italian quality label Cruz Del Sur.

The one hundred second long intro Harbinger harkens back to the olden days when every self-respecting underground metal album needed an ominous beginning to set the mood. And that’s what this piece does, nothing more, nothing less. Things become more interesting with the first regular track En Cima Del Mal, a crunchy old school speed metal song that draws its charm from the complex songwriting and the high pitched vocals. The latter may certainly not be up to everyone’s taste, but it has to be said that Dimitris K is doing a tremendous job. The following Lost Chapter E.: Sutratma is following in its predecessor’s footsteps, offering once more fast paced music that is a treat for the mind and the gut alike. Panic In The Urals (Burning Skies) is my personal highlight of the album. It is here where the progressive influence becomes most obvious, with strong parallels to WatchTower but, especially lyrically, also to Agent Steel. This is a masterpiece full of unexpected twists and turns. Waltz In Madness is another upbeat speed metal bomb, while Into Mental East allows the vocalist to pause. This instrumental comes with nice guitar work and some spoken word samples, possibly taken from old science fiction B movies, to add some atmosphere. Inner Sanctum Asylum once again mixes elements from speed, power, thrash and progressive metal into a unique construct. A Tyrannous Revolt might be the album’s hardest track and reminds me strongly of early Annihilator. The concluding Lost Chapter E.: Amarna’s Reign is another fine track, even though the hidden bonus track feels like the band trying to pad their album to fifty minutes.

Apart from this small flaw, Illusions In Infinite Void is a perfect debut album. Even though the band’s influences all come from the mid to late Eighties, they have the benefit of better production means than their pioneers had back then. It speaks for the Greeks that they still adhere quite closely to the sound of the early speed metal sound. Add to this amazing songwriting, an incredible vocalist who isn’t afraid of the highest registers and a breath taking progressive attitude, and you have your final product. Fans of bands like Agent Steel, Helstar or Sacred Steel should really feel welcome with Sacral Rage.

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