A fresh wind
blows from Lørenskog near Oslo, the home of illustrious
personalities such as Aksel Lund Svindal, skiing ace and the worse
half of skiing beauty Julia Mancuso. Svindal’s neighbors
SARKOM exist since 2002 and have released a demo and two
full-lengths so far. The Scandinavian band prostitution doesn’t
stop short of the Norwegians. So does Mannevold of Koldbrann as
guest singer on Symbolic Revulsion and Tjalve, one of the
founding members of 1349, get in on SARKOM besides other
active and inactive members of Pantheon I. It is written in the
stars whether SARKOM is considered as a project. That would
be a pity, because a notably mature, technically high grade and
powerfully produced hellfire is sparked with Bestial Supremacy
which calls for being performed live. The album starts with the
catchy and mighty groovy opener Inferior Bleeding. The
hips don’t remain still. The rough vocals of the frontman
Unsgaard come into their own. The singer contrives to present
his vocal skills manifold and with a proper portion anger.
The groove-marathon continues with I Call Your Name. SARKOM
remind not seldom in a convenient mid-tempo of newer Satyricon,
but tread more traditional ways songwriting- and production-wise.
It is as if the primitive charm of Dark Medieval Times meets the
infernally precise grooves of the newer releases of Satyricon.
At the latest with the title track it comes clear, that the Norwegians
can floor the accelerator, too. Bugger me! That kicks ass.
The further journey through Bestial Supremacy never
gets boring. The high melody content is heaved to a new level
on the album highlight Infected. Beautiful guitar melodies
and desperate vocals appear next to pounding drums – especially
the mid section reminds once again of Satyricon songs such as
All in all strong three-quarters of an hour of Black Metal between
past and present with a highly addictive potential. Nine fat points
for Bestial Supremacy.