by Slowpokemusic USER (2 Reviews)
May 24th, 2013 | 6 replies

Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Strange name, but great 70's/80's style metal.

Ahhh... Sahg. I can't say enough good things about this band. In my eyes, their music is pure gold. It is surprising to find that nobody has yet reviewed this fantastic album. There is something definitely in the waters of Norway. The music scene there is quite varied if you look hard enough. All of the tough-guy black metallers have some dynamics to them. Often their side projects prove to be a bit more interesting than their mainstay bands. Sahg is one such example of said side projects (which appears to be much more than that for these guys these days). I'll spare you the history of the band members and leave that up to the reader to research if you're intrigued.

Sahg's third album starts off with a quiet acoustic piece. Nothing fancy, but a great way to start the proceedings. Then comes the one-two punch of “Baptism of Fire” and “Mortify”. “Baptism” starts off with a crunching riff and continues to pound at you. “Mortify” is pure Ozzy worship. That is not a bad thing. Although the song has its roots firmly planted in Mr. Osborn's early works, it still maintains its own identity. Olav Iversen isn't a dead ringer for Ozzy and to these ears sounds a bit better. “Mortify” is quite possibly the best Sahg song out of all three of their albums; just a fantastic chorus.

I don't want to go into a song-by-song thing, but after “Mortify” the album turns into a doomier affair. Yes, there are some slow, doomy songs (i.e. “Mother's Revenge”), but the album as a whole keeps a nice pace. The songs are varied and the album gives you the peaks and valleys that a good album should. Certainly not one dimensional. Guitarist, Thomas Tofthagen (also of Audrey Horne), has a smooth delivery with his solos and he knows how to write a riff. The rhythm section (which includes King of Gorgoroth fame) does a great job of holding down the fort. They don't go for anything fancy; they just keep the music flowing.

All-in-all, Sahg III is a superb album. If you're a fan of 70's style doom with a bit of early 80's metal thrown in the mix, then this album and band is for you. Make no mistake, this band fires on all cylinders. The production is pristine without sounding too modern; it has that analog feel to it. It's not too clean, but not too dirty either. It nails the vibe for which this band appears to be reaching.

I can't say enough good things about this band and this album. Quite simply, they just know how to write great songs. No outside writers, no “helpers”, just a band writing exciting and original material together. Do yourself a favor and give these guys a listen. I really don't think you will be disappointed if you like your metal in this particular vein.

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May 23rd 2013



May 24th 2013


I love this band. Have to get this, thanks for the review!

May 24th 2013


In my language, sahg is the word for a really horrible boiled spinach dish. Just wanted to throw that out there.

May 25th 2013


Album Rating: 4.5

bowlofsoup, I think I'll stick with the band, then. sputnik1, you DO have to get this. Also, they'll have a new album out sometime in the fall. I'm getting excited!

August 1st 2013


Just found out about this band while listening to Witchcraft on youtube, then came here to read the review. Can't believe I never heard of them before. I'm a fan of the retro scene (Witchcraft, Graveyard, Orchid, Scorpion Child, ASG, The Sword, Ghost) and metal in general, and this is amazing. Just placed the album in my amazon cart, can't wait to get it !

August 5th 2013


Album Rating: 4.5

Kavalkad, make sure you get all three with the fourth on the way in the near future. I'm a fan of all the bands you mentioned, except for some reason I have yet to get into Graveyard. Other than that, All the other bands you mentioned, I have their albums. I especially enjoy the new Orchid album. ASG's is great, too! This type of music just screams summertime music to me for some reason. Glad to be able to turn somebody/anybody onto Sahg... they are way under the radar and they need some talking about.

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