Chuck Schuldiner Project

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Slagmark - Purging Sacred Soils

Man I love me some raw black metal. Especially when the bad isn't afraid to get deep and bring in some unexpected elements. This is what makes Slagmark so wonderful. While a track like 'Built On Bone Hills' may be emblematic of black metal fury there still is a violin driven bridge. Featuring members of Sarkrista and Totenwache, Slagmark are a one of a kind. A magnificent black metal act fusing unique ideas and executing in a way that shows a fitting dedication to the black metal of yore whilst looking to the future.

Much of what happens on Purging Sacred Soils is pretty straightforward second wave black metal. Fortunately Slagmark shine in their execution. The torment that they communicate is palatable and the roaring assault of a track like 'Eradication Of All Terrestrial Ulcer' will immediately turn heads. As you think your teeth deeper into what Purging Sacred Soils is about though you will find a passion for the underground that shines throughout. Who wouldn't be enamored with the searing dedication made so apparent in these tracks? The band has clearly done their homework, and genre devotees will find themselves entranced.

As the band blazes through the just over 30 minute run time iages of bands forgot are conjured up. This is a band who are not necesarily reinventing the wheel but a band who have a clear passion for what's going on here and a clear understanding of how to craft top notch black metal in 2020. for those of us looking for a record that reminds us why we fell in love with the genre in the first place then Purging Sacred Soils is just the album for you - something that will keep black metallers occupied during the long weeks of quarantine.

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