Karl Sanders - Saurian Apocalypse (2022)


The mastermind of Brutal Death Metal outfit, Nile, Karl Sanders, is ready to come back with its third solo full-length release “Saurian Apocalypse”. It has been 13 years since his last solo release, and here the listener is treated to ten mostly instrumental pieces that have some of the Middle-eastern vibe of Nile, but in a more exploratory and atmospheric way, and of course without the growls.

Far from the thunderous riffs and intensity of his main band, Karl Sanders shows a very mellow and enjoyable atmospheric side to his craft with pieces like “The Sun Has Set on the Age of Man”, “The Disembodied Yet Slither Among Us”, and “The Evil Inherent in us All”, while still keeping that somber and ritualistic edge of his other band. There is a very relaxing and experimental feeling to the music in this release, showing more range and a variety of moods.

The tracks in this release range from mood setting acoustic-guitar driven pieces, to more elaborate cinematic pieces like the epic closer “No Creature More Deserving of Cataclysmic Annihilation”, showcasing Karl’s musical vision and creative chops. We enjoy the diversity showcased in this release, but also noticed that at points it feels to go back and forth without much cohesion, other than this, “Saurian Apocalypse” is definitely a unique and engaging atmospheric/instrumental release that will be nicely received.

Bands: Karl Sanders Album: Saurian Apocalypse

Label: Napalm Records

Release: July 22nd, 2022

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Genre: Instrumental/Atmospheirc

Country: USA

Rating: 85/100

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