Genre: Black Metal
Label: Moribund Records
Finally, after news of it’s release came out back in August, Sargeist’s new album Let the Devil In is here for us reviewers and probably thieves. It’s coming on November 9 for those who buy their music legally.
Being talked about as a true form of Finnish Black Metal, in a world where the “bloated corpse of black metal is being picked apart by MySpace ‘friends’ and post-whatever posers”, Sargeist continues their attack on Christianity with classic zeal.
Shatraug’s guitar work is still as raw as hell while keeping the melodic tendencies of old school black metal. Hoath Torog’s voice just shatters all expectations by outperforming about 95% of black metal’s vocalists, becoming even better than he has on all previous Sargeist and Behexen albums. Horns, meanwhile, kicks the shit out of his drums, laying down amazing blasts, brilliant fills, and for slower songs like “Nocturnal Revelation” bringing it all down and just keeping the groove solid, all with a drum tone that is unearthly and gorgeous and still ominous.
Let the Devil In is an awesome and inspiring album of true black metal, a milestone in the genre. This will probably define what comes from Scandinavian black metal for a long time now.
Or at least until Sargeist delivers another album.
10 out of 10.