Sacral Rage
Beyond Celestial Echoes


4.0
excellent

Review

by manosg STAFF
October 28th, 2018 | 49 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fairly digestible offering of speed/thrash with progressive leanings.

Sacral Rage is one of the prime examples of how a band can use their influences and come up with something that is not unique, but still very distinctive and highly interesting. The Greeks play an adventurous brand of speed/thrash metal with a sci-fi theme that, instrumentally, owes a lot to Watchtower and Annihilator. In addition, the high-pitched vocals will bring King Diamond to your mind, not only because of the singer’s piercing screams but also his phrasing which reminds the Danish legend. Speaking of vocals, this is one of the points where this LP differs compared to the band’s debut. They are more restrained and varied, which is one of the reasons that make this album a more immediate listen and easier to jam repeatedly compared to the Athenians’ debut. Another reason is that these guys have allowed their ‘70s prog rock influences to show even more in their songwriting, which is evident in the album’s closer; a 15-minute epic with several twists and turns, “The Glass” is equally Vektor and Rush. Actually, this track brought Terminal Redux’s “Recharging the Void” to my mind in terms of creating something so ambitious while being extreme at the same time.

Overall, Beyond Celestial Echoes features more prog rock guitar leads and, dare I say, better melodies and choruses than the band’s debut which makes the offering equally appealing to traditional metal fans. This, however, doesn’t mean that this is a chorus-driven album, as you will find an array of memorable riffs from the Jeff Waters playbook. However, where this release really succeeds, is in creating a very convincing and cinematic futuristic experience which is further enhanced by the excellent production that allows the necessary space for each instrument. Lastly, the reasonable running time combined with the great flow make up for a fairly easy album to digest by one of Greece’s most outstanding metal acts currently.




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manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2018


11387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't miss out on this one.

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bgillesp
October 28th 2018


6435 Comments


Why do they have rage in their Sacrum? Are they just really butthurt?

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2018


9204 Comments


This sounds fun as

Nice concise review Manosg

manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2018


11387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, Rob. At least it's not another Greta Van Fleet review haha.

deslad
October 28th 2018


627 Comments


Great review manos as usual. Not so sure I'll give this one a listen any time soon though

ChaoticVortex
October 28th 2018


721 Comments


I always welcome good thrash. Especially good prog-thrash. Nice review.

necropig
October 28th 2018


5061 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

These vocals rule, might pick this up

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2018


11387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers guys and thanks for the kind words!



Yeah the vocals are great. Inspired by King Diamond but not to the point of plagiarism and more varied than these guys' debut.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2018


9204 Comments


I’m on board with any King Diamond/Mercyful Fate worship

bgillesp
October 28th 2018


6435 Comments


Nobody else thinks this is the worst band name? Oh well. At least they sound interesting musically based on this

Nikos1983
October 28th 2018


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The guitar work is amazing on this one, especially when considering that there is just one guitarist on the band.

The vocalist has personallity and that differentiates them from the majority of thrash bands nowadays that adopt a generic/repetitive style.

Definitely one album that will top my "best of 2018" metal list.

necropig
October 29th 2018


5061 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent shit. Ordered physical m/

manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2018


11387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really glad you enjoyed this one, Necro. m/

necropig
October 29th 2018


5061 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Samsara is so good

manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2018


11387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yup, just grabs you by the balls and doesn't let go.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2018


8141 Comments


Good review, short and sweet, needless to say that I’m checking this out sooner or later.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2018


11387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Voi, hope you enjoy.

Hawks
October 30th 2018


66819 Comments


Awesome review as always bro. Gotta get on this for sure.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2018


11387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, dude. I can see you digging this one m/

necropig
October 30th 2018


5061 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So the vinyl arrived. Sent from Rome yesterday morning and I've it already (UK). Brutal



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