Over the years black metal has been burgeoning with new black metal bands from all over the globe. These bands play in the vein of old-school black metal, the new wave of black metal, atmospheric black metal and so much more, and with Sangue Nero they fall under a more experimental and odd kind of category. Within their new five track album Viscere, Sangue Nero display a unique and interesting style of black metal that is difficult to categorize or really put in to words what it actually is.
By combining traditional black metal with non-traditional heavy metal instruments, almost chanted vocals from time to time, interesting tempo shifts and more, Sangue Nero create an almost devilishly disorienting sound that you can’t quite get enough of. Much of black metal is shrouded in misery, pain and darkness, but with Sangue Nero their sound is linked more to horror and terrifying madness. In fact, Viscere is madness, but in a great way. Through five tracks you are presented with a sound that is twisted, sinister and sewn together in such a way that it does sound like madness crawling through your speakers.
The majority of the tracks on Viscere feel ritualistic, like you have walked in on a sinister sacrifice to the death gods below. In the fourth track you are immediately greeted with what sounds like a didgeridoo that ultimately becomes coupled with traditional rattles and pounding drumming that gives you images of sitting around a fire in the middle of nowhere waiting for the sacrifice to begin. Around the minute and a half mark, sharpened riffs pour from your speakers all while the didgeridoo and the rattles play in the background. Half way through this track you are greeted with a sinister yet angelic vocal that couples very well with each of the other elements that surround it. The sound has an overall dark over tone that is hard to ignore and become possessed by.
What I just described above is a small sample of what you hear all throughout this release. Sangue Nero does a great job of creating a grim and malevolent sound by coupling black metal with more non-traditional metal instruments to make you feel as though you really are in an utterly dark space devoid of all light waiting for a ritual to take place. Sangue Nero does a great job of combining both their uncompromising blasting black metal with more ritualistic and non-traditional sounds to create a wholly blasphemous and gnarled sound. Viscere is surprising and certainly dramatic and that just pulls you in for more and more sacrilegious blackened metal.
The balance between the more progressive and the more traditional is great on this record. Sangue Nero provides you with both metallic fury and non-traditional at the same time occasionally, and more often than not they separate the two so that you can feel the power of both separately and appreciate it when they are sewn together to create a disorienting yet memorable listen.
Viscere is unconventional as I’m sure you can tell. But even so, this release is a great one because of that. The entire album is intriguing and mysterious and more often than not you want to listen to it again and again. Viscere has an innate ability to draw you in and keep you listening, and with that among everything else that has been said about it, this release definitely is a solid one.