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This  is  a  review  of  an  earlier  recording  from  Finland's  Sacrilegious  Impalement  which  shows  the  music  going  for  a  raw,  satanic  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal  and  the  album  was  origianlly  released  in  2011  and  called  "II  -Exalted  Spectres"  which  was  re-issued  in  2021  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath,  Desert  of  Death  and  MAT  Records.




  Heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  Middle  Eastern  style  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  one  of  the  tracks  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.




  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark,  chaotic  yet  melodic  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  but  keeping  the  main  focus  on  a  heavier  style.




  On  this  recording  Sacrilegious  Impalement  remained  true  to t he  raw,  misanthropic  and  satanic  black  metal  style  of t heir  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Misanthropy,  Anti  Christianity,  Anti  Islam,  Satanism,  Death  and  Destruction  themes.




  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  album  from  Sacrilegious  Impalement  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  misanthropic  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue. 



Today’s review is of Finnish Black Metal band Sacrilegious Impalement’s second album, celebrating its recent rerelease.


This album is an offering of pure Black Metal that is performed in a unique way without any need of genre bending experimentation or use of modern elements. Combining an aggressive and furious approach in the likes of Marduk or sometimes Impaled Nazarene with slower and more occult tracks, the album is varied but has some sense of cohesion.


Most of the initial tracks are a direct offering of Extreme Metal with no decorum, but as the full-length progresses, a different kind of songs start to appear. Being much gloomier and occult, they sometimes even take an ambient approach, perhaps somewhat comparable to Carpathian Forest. These songs help to give some extra darkness and a sense of mystique that envelops the whole album in an interesting aura while always displaying an old-school style. My personal highlights are “The Woods In A Solitary Soul” and “Aletheia”.


I recommend this album to fans of Black Metal.





Finnish artist Sacrilegious Impalement first released the album "Exalted Spectres" back in 2011, a production that was since reissued in 2021. Extreme metal is the style explored on this production, with growl style distorted vocals catering for the lyrics department and the guitars dominating the instrumental backing. The compositions here ebb and flow in pace as well as intensity, with atmospheric laden sections and tight and dampened passages alternating with midtempo and high tempo passages with a medium to high level of intensity. Fluctuating arrangements with and without cutting guitar solo harmonies on top as well as more dramatic impact oriented passages are the most typical traits here, and while there is a dynamic and dramatic ebb and flow present the energy level tends to stay high throughout. I also note that the mix and production is of a good quality throughout, which does give this album an appealing character. An album to seek out by extreme metal fans that appreciate well produced material with dynamic characteristics and a high energy level.