Sarcoptes is a band that sounds like they should be from anywhere else other than California, but that is exactly where these blackened death heathens hail from. Songs and Dances of Death is their newest offering as it was just released in April of this year, and this album includes six songs of blasphemous metal. Each song is twisting, sinister and purely evil sounding and the more you listen, the harder it is to peel yourself away from your speakers. Sarcoptes rolls one song right after another in a blistering assault of skin shredding and soul peeling blackened death metal.
Not only does Sarcoptes mix black metal and death metal together, but they combine elements of thrash as well as symphonic elements to give you a complete and immersive listen. Songs and Dances of Death grabs you by the throat immediately never to let you go until the final note has sounded, and even when you think you are done listening you come back for more blasphemy. This release has a way of pulling you in and and keeping your attention all throughout until its conclusion. There isn’t a song on this record that you feel you need to skip or feel you want to skip as this entire record is a solid offering of skin scorching metal.
Each song is just as dark and twisting as the last and the more that you listen the more that you become engrossed with the music. There is a lot that is crammed into each of the six songs that make an appearance on this record and there is plenty to listen for. Each time around you find something new that you didn’t hear previously and when you give it another spin you still find something that you originally didn’t pick up. Songs and Dances of Death is a large album that demands numerous listens out of you, and even though the songs are fairly long in length, they never make you feel as though you are listening to a ten minute plus song when it comes up.
Songs and Dances of Death is played at a blistering speed that gets you up and headbanging until your neck snaps and even well beyond that point. Each song is riddled with blistering riffs and downhill drumming that gets your head spinning right off the bat. But, not only does Songs and Dances of Death provide you with blood boiling songs, it also provides you with plenty of atmosphere as well courtesy of the keyboards that you can hear in the background. The symphonic elements provide you with a theatrical sound and atmosphere that adds to the already morbid and sinister sound.
There are layers upon layers in this record and with each listen you will find something new that you didn’t hear before. Songs and Dances of Death is a complete and solid record that keeps you interested and listening all throughout, and as mentioned before, even though some of the run times are on the longer side, you never feel as though you are listening to a lengthy song. There is a lot to really enjoy about this record and this is really a very great listen.
Songs and Dances of Death will be out on cassette this Halloween through Graven Earth Records! Songs and Dances of Death is already out on CD through Cimmerians Shade Recordings!