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Sacrocurse: Unholier Master

Some of my friends have read Dante's Inferno and joke that they've been all the way to hell and back. I think I can see the point; Dante's journey is pretty fascinating, particularly all the ways he imagines a world of suffering souls.

This album has little to do with Dante, but it does have much to do with hell. The album art depicts a scene right out of popular iconography—powerful flames are burning, human beings are suffering, and Satan himself is observing the whole thing. The message is simple: Welcome to Hell.

The music on this album sticks with the devilish themes from beginning to end. I confess that I grew tired of it by the end. I've heard plenty of albums with hell-inspired ideas, some of them good, some of them just a little too burned over in the eternal flames. This album is a mixture of both. The bad news is that it just goes on for too long about the same themes, both musically and lyrically. By the time I listened to the album twice, I was ready to move on to other things. The good news, however, is that Sacrocurse plays old school black metal quite convincingly. I especially enjoyed "C.O.N.V.U.L.S.E," "End of Mankind Universe," and the title track. Some listeners may enjoy the rest of the album as well. I thought that, on the whole, it went on too long.

Track Listing:
1. Sepulchral Desolation
2. All Existence Perishes
3. Command Demonic Prayers
4. Rites of Perverted Idolatry
5. Oath for Eternal Damnation
6. C.O.N.V.U.L.S.E.
7. Unholier Master
8. Ripping Death Solution
9. Sulphur Blessing
10. End of Mankind Universe

Added: September 11th 2014
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
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