Rising up through the depths of hell as well as the Greek black metal scene is Ithaqua. With them through the sludge and all of the hell fire they bring a brand new scorching EP titled The Black Mass Sabbath Pulse. This EP is filled with only two tracks, however, each track is seven minutes and above which gives Ithaqua plenty of time to lower you into the deeper bowels of hell. The Black Mass Sabbath Pulse is filled with plenty of black magik, mysticism and dark imagery to last you quite some time. This EP has an innate ability to guide you through darkened realms and sink your soul into the blasphemous depths of the netherworld.
The Black Mass Sabbath Pulse is indeed blasphemous and damning, and even though that is the case, each song invades your mind and infests your brain with abyssal and wholly darkened thoughts. Both songs that are presented here are covered in molten darkness and covered in pure soul liquefying evil and debauchery. Both songs are epics that lead you down dark corridors and majestic soundscapes.
As much blistering darkness as this EP portrays, it still is not without is mystique and highly memorable songs. Even though each song is substantial in length, neither song gets tiring and you never feel as though you can’t listen to them over and over again. In fact the opposite is true. The more and more you listen, the more and more you get sucked in and the more and more you feel compelled to press play more than a few times.
Each track surges with powerful riffs and hammers down on you with sickening drum rhythms only to be supplemented by heavy bass lines and synths that create wonderful and vivid soundscapes. Forcing their way through the stellar musicianship are the vocals that roar and yell their way through the wall of deafening blackened noise. Both songs are an unforgettable blackened experience, an as mentioned before, even though both songs are quite long it never feels like it is a chore to listen.
The Black Mass Sabbath Pulse is a great listen as it is raw, unfiltered and highly intoxicating. Both songs are crafted very well and executed very well on top of that which provides the listener with a soul destroying yet fulfilling black metal listen. Be wary of Ithaqua because this is just the beginning, and if this is just the tip of the black metal iceberg, you can only expect more earth scorching and damning tunes in the future.