Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sacral Rage-Illusions in Infinite Void

Cruz Del Sur Music

Preceded by two demos and a EP (though not necessarily in that order), "Illusions in Infinite Void" is the first full-length album from Greek heavy/speed metal band Sacral Rage. Born in 2011 and featuring the services of well-traveled drummer Vagelis Felonis (Burial Hordes, Chainsaw, Coprovomit, Cthonic Aura, Embrace of Thorns, Heretic Cult Redeemer, More of Myself to Kill, Necrovorous, Overcast, Saboter, Necrochakal (live), ex-Necrosis, ex-Stagnate, ex-Straighthate, ex-Acrimonious, ex-Convixion, ex-Obduktion, ex-Resurgency, ex-Revenge), Sacral Rage could best be described as a mash-up on 70's metal (Judas Priest, Rush, Granmax...), N.W.O.B.H.M. (Iron Maiden, Dragonslayer, White Spirit...) and 80's metal (Vicious Rumors, Jag Panzer, Riot...). Throw in some sprinklings of King Diamond/Mercyful Fate and you end up with one Greek band that sounds anything but Greek! There's nothing wrong with that last part though as the dark and spooky Sacral Rage is a damn fine band no matter where they hail from and no matter what the score is these guys pull it off with dignity and class! Even more so this Athens-based heavy & hard/speed metal band does it their own way. That means you can take those various influences and use it as a point of reference only as Sacral Rage throws down  their own sound on their debut album. And what a sound it is! Even with all of these different genres coming into play the creepy atmosphere here is doom-laden without doom and drenched in paranoia and despair! Thanks to horror-filled lyrics and dimly-lit tales of terror and madness we end up staring into the cold, long-dead heart of "Illusions in Infinite Void" and we ultimately embrace it! As a bonus of sorts this Greek band's frontman, Dimitris K (ex-Outcry) all but ends up administering a spiked-shot of adrenaline to the whole mix. That transforms the party that is "Illusions in Infinite Void" into one all-night & all-day rock fest where slamming guitar solos mingle with vicious vocals and a riveting rhythm section! Technically-sound and packing terror-filled excitement this is one sweet slab of an album! Find out more about Sacral Rage here  

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