Epoch – Sacrosanct (2017)

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Hailing from Belgium today we have the punishing release “Sacrosanct”. This debut release is filled with soul crushing Death/Black Metal tracks that put many other band’s to shame and showcase Epoch’s powerful talents. Clocking in at 36 minutes, this album will certainly keep you entertained and make your neck hurt from all the headbanging and moshing it incites.

The album starts with the brutal “To Datechon, ho Katechon”, a track that instantly delivers the ‘in your face’ attitude of the band’s music. The riffing perfectly mixes distinctive 90’s Death Metal influences with some more recent Death/Black Metal elements of bands like Arkhon Infaustus. Epoch’s pummeling attitude continues as they unleash the sheer brutality of songs like “Vision Absolute”, “Altered States” and “Nine”.

For those looking into more crafty tunes, “Nine” perfectly opens with playful melodic riffs and catchy drums, while the dissonant “Ichneumon” exploits a very funky bass guitar line and the bestial growls of Rob Polon. One of the main things that make this release attractive is that while the songs musical core is the same, there are always little details here and there that make tracks unique from each other, for example the guitar leads of “Hangman Paradox” and the mood changes of “Fear Ritual”.

The album closes with the eerie “Sacrosanct”, leaving the most unsettling and dense track for last. Overall, Epoch manages to deliver eight solid tracks that make up for a very intense and promising debut release. All songs have individual elements which make them appealing and engaging, keeping things interesting and punishing until the end. If you like brutal and disturbing Death/Black Metal, be sure to check out this debut release and its interesting album art.

Band: Epoch Album: Sacrosanct

Label: Lavadome Productions

Release: January 31st, 2017

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Genre: Death/Black Metal

Country: Belgium

Rating: 87/100
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