Hey there little friends. How’s it going? I apologize most verily for not having written this piece sooner. I’ve been busy MOM, get off my back. In the words of Rick Grimes, I’ve been doing stuff Laurie.. THINGS.
Sarke is a black metal outfit that I can really get behind (and oh that I wish Nocturno Culto would get behind me.. amirite ladies?), and they’ve been on my kvlt radar for a while. For those not in the know, Sarke features Nocturno Culto from Darkthrone and several other musicians who have cut their teeth on black metal, like live members from Satyricon and Old Man’s Child.
Now if you like your black metal with the vaguely punky kinda sound that Darkthrone was fucking around with on their last few albums there, this album will definitely be one for you.
The first track is called Taken and it’s got that churny, groaning black metal sound that pulls the listener in immediately. I very much am a fan of this type of black metal that’s a little slower in tempo and has a very guitar driven intensity with lower pitched vocals as opposed to shrieking.
I’ve seen Nocturno Culto called out for his vocal delivery but it really works for me. Leave a comment below and let me know how you feel about it.
I think truthfully that the mid tempo black metal is what works best for me.. too slow it becomes doomy and I lose interest, and too fast and it sounds shitty. I dunno. I’m a lady, I’m tough to please. Barrow of Torolv is the weakest track on the album for me, it just seemed out of place and I find myself skipping over it to get to the fourth track which is Alternation that channels some serious Taake, which I am all about, let me tell you.
Dawning is another track that didn’t work for me, it had a weird moany intro with acoustic guitar and it was interesting but out of place on this album. I dunno, I read that a bunch of folks got their panties all moist for it, so what do I know.
This album is a quick listen – clocking in at around 35 minutes in length, and it will definitely take two or three listens to fully get the feel of it. I didn’t know how to feel about it because its like having a sampler. What I’m saying is that for some light snacking this album is great, but if you want to full your belly and slake your blood thirst on black metal, then you may want to check out something with a little bit more meat to it.
I am interested to see what Sarke can bring for us in the future. I think with some time spent finding their specific sound and working it down into a science, these guys would have amazing promise. Nocturno Culto is also a total babe a roni.
Anyways, enjoy the video for Sunke and go buy a copy of Bogefod please.