Metal band SARKOM is releasing their debut entitled
Aggravation Of Mind. 8 tracks plagued
with brutal Black Metal 100%. The formula is well known, blasphemy,
destruction, fire and blood wrapped with crushing guitar riffs,
fast paced drums, some slow changes and in this case, great gut-puking
Even though it’s their first release, SARKOM
sounds great. They managed to create great music and even produce
their first full length album, and I think those are huge merits
for a new band.
One of the best sides of Aggravation Of Mind
is that even when all the songs are longer than 4:40, you just
don’t get bored. Their beats change, the riffs are great,
the voice completely extreme!!! There’s no mercy!!! They
will kick your ass all the way.
From the 1st track entitled Bloodstains On The Horns,
and evolving on all tracks, SARKOM experiments
with their music, they include slow rhythms; they go brutal again
giving you no rest.
The composition is awesome, pretty much all the riffs sound cold,
powerful and evil. The music even gets emotive at some point in
songs like Alpha Omega, proving that SARKOM
is not only good to discharge furiously, but also stating their
musical vision and talent.
Aggravation Of Mind has a very interesting
development, you don’t find 2 songs sounding exactly the
same, but you still can perceive the relation and order. It’s
great to find this kind of variation since most bands playing
BM tend to repeat formulas at least in a couple of songs of their
For the way SARKOM sounds and the way they produced
this album, I could only add a little more distortion on the guitar,
still the production is excellent and even when the music is brutal
and fast you can still perceive all the instruments very well
and even when sometimes the voice gets a little covered by guitars,
the result is great.
As we get closer to the end of the album, the band not only keeps
on trying other rhythms and changes, they even change the kind
of riffs they were using. I am very impressed of how creative
they are and how they know when to move and do something different.
The omnipresent influence in Aggravation Of Mind
is old school Black Metal definitely, but SARKOM
takes it to the next level every time leaving that old school
veil in a mere influence and always achieving a sound of their
This band sounds awesome; they have proved their value with this
debut and I fully recommend it to those who like that kind of
Black Metal that tears apart from the trends, that kind of Black
Metal that is still proposing something new always paying respects
to the old school. Not an easy thing to find definitely.