Hailing from Edmonton Alberta, Canada, The Black Sorcery play a pummeling brand of bestial black death metal that keeps with their home country’s unrivaled tradition of bringing the pain when it comes to the style (see also: Blasphemy, Revenge, Conqueror, etc), yet they also do a great deal to differentiate themselves from the hordes of bands that owe their careers to the seemingly bottomless well of inspiration that is Fallen Angel of Doom.
Sure, the band’s debut album …And the Beast Spake Death from Above is every bit as bulldozing as you’d expect from the above description, but the quintet doesn’t shy away from bringing in other influences to maximize the musical carnage. This is especially noticeable in the vocals, which largely consist of a grotesque gurgle that sounds like a prize hog being sodomized with a barbed wire bat. They’re more along the lines of what you’d expect to hear on a brutal death metal album, yet The Black Sorcery somehow manage to make them work perfectly in a bestial black death context.
The Black Sorcery seem to have also absorbed some of the songwriting dynamics of more recent Archgoat in addition to taking influence from their Canadian brethren; metallic bursts of berserker violence are interspersed with slower, grinding passages that coat the album in evil atmosphere. This lends …And the Beast Spake Death from Above a level of musical diversity that most bands treading along similar paths could never even dream of achieving.
Furthermore, the more traditionally raging and chaotic tracks such as “Ancient Dialects of Wind” “Seizures” and “Frost Veined,” with their pulverizing blast beats and mauling riffage, are offset by the twisted experimental sounds of “Circling the Drain” and “Helgeist,” lending a multifaceted quality to the album that you typically don’t see from such a single-minded subgenre of metal.
Perfectly produced and excellently executed, …And the Beast Spake Death from Above is a stellar debut and one of the best black death metal albums you’re going to hear in 2018. Rumor has it The Black Sorcery are already working on their second album and if it’s anywhere near as powerful and compelling as this, we may be witnessing the ascent of the next great band in the pantheon of bestial and warlike Canadian metal.