Last year the debut release of this Memphis, Tennessee based horde SIVAD was released through Occult Roots Music (Diabolus Amator, A.V.D.L).
This first offering is a demo they say but i get a more "real" feel of it as it is a (looks like that anyways with that great cover art!) a proper pressed cd in crystal case... cd demos for me is like some simple cd-r in a self xeroxed paper folder with some band logo slapped on or similar...or on a tape. I am not complaining by any means as i prefer this all times over a simple cd-r thingy, i get a nice straight Ep feeling almost album as it clocks in at almost an half an hour.
Over to the important stuff - the music. What you get here is a chunk of dreadful blackened death experience!
It plays often in a mid-tempo with ugly riffings and a upset drummer...or so it seems hehe as he bangs those drums hard and nice then suddenly to burst out in some blasting infernos. Vocals is also much in mid-range dry growlings to demonic screams, all feels quite organic both in the actual playing and in production (i guess here is where the "demo" label comes in, for a real release the music would benefit with a bit more "ompf" in mixing department)
I get a nice evil war vibe from the primitive but engaging compositions through out and even if you heard similar stuff before (they are old school after all) they have a own style and one of their strongest points for me is their diversity without leaving the genre(s).
This is a promising debut and i look forward to the coming split with Funeral of God coming this summer!
For all the satanic cellar dwellers out there in need of a gruesome fix!
Best 3 tracks is: 3,4,6
1. Serpents of Plague 08:04
2. Watchers of Satanael 04:36
3. In The Thralls of Heathen 05:14
4. Whores of the Sabbat 02:32
5. The Fall of Heaven's Dominion 02:07/instrumental
6. Angels Dripping Blood 05:26