Good albums right from the start establish a certain atmosphere, an atmosphere that eludes to what you’ll be hearing for the remainder of the album. It can all begin with a single riff, intoxicating drum beat, or with some evil ambiance. With Balmog’s newest release Svmma Fide they establish very quick that the album is haunting, dark and very sinister. Black metal is suppose to make you feel like you’re conjuring the devil, or sacrificing a goat or walking through catacombs of the damned.
As I mentioned above, good albums establish an atmosphere from the get go. They make a statement saying, “This is what we’re about, take us or leave us”. Svmma Fide is what you would want to hear from a black metal album. It’s immersed in darkness, drenched in evil, and walks in the shadows until it can approach you and stray you from the path of good. The album consists of eight songs that are savage, evil, dark, and atmospheric. It sets a mood that no matter what you’re doing you feel a shroud of blackness over you watching you making sure your day is as bleak as it can get.
To help conjure the bleak evil that comes from within, the musicianship has to be on point, everything has to be up to snuff for black metal “standards”. And well, if you’re asking yourself if it meets the criteria, it completely does ten fold. The riffs are fiery, the drums are chaotic yet controlled, and the vocals are completely hellish. The vocals reach from the darkest depths of hell to grace your ears on these eight positively evil tracks. The backing vocals of what I assume is a choir, are haunting in their own right, providing more depth to the album, more atmosphere and more to digest. Each song itself is quite long, they’re treks to the end of hell with demons chasing you, and then you make your way all the way back around above ground. And when you make it back from the netherworld, you don’t mind making the journey again.
Balmog created an album that you just want to listen to over and over again, even if you conjure yourself up some demons or Satan, they may even like it. So my last words will be this, Hail Satan and listen to some fucking Balmog!