Saturnal Records set November 16th as the international release date for Sacrificium Carmen‘s highly anticipated second album, Hermetica. If the band’s critically acclaimed Ikuisen Tulen Kammiossa debut displayed the band as a serious contender to be reckoned with in years to come, then the follow-up Hermetica shall prove that Sacrificium Carmen are ready to be spoken of amongst esteemed countrymen like Horna, Baptism, Sargeist, Kadotus, and Behexen.
Hailing from the ever-fertile Finnish black metal scene, Sacrificium Carmen both embody their home country’s prevailing underground idiom and offer a unique, diabolical twist to it. Founded in 2009 by vocalist Hoath Cambion and guitarist Advorsvs, the band draws their inspiration from the areas of occultism and Satanism exclusively. Sacrificium Carmen became active in 2012 with a full lineup, and soon released their debut demo, Sanansaattaja, in 2013 via Finnish underground label Spread Evil Productions. After the demo’s release, the band excelled in the areas of live shows and split releases, which all spread well around the underground scene. In 2014, Sacrificium Carmen started working on a debut full-length album, and the demo recordings led into a signing of a record deal with Saturnal Records for the debut album Ikuisen Tulen Kammiossa.
Following its release during the autumn of 2015, Ikuisen Tulen Kammiossa reaped widespread acclaim, and opinion was nearly unanimous: Sacrificium Carmen was a definite contender. Now, the band has further intensified and refined their sound with LP#2, Hermetica. Here you will find the same approach black metal with a melodic and atmospheric touch where all tendencies have been directed into very aggressive and sinister output, where Finnish black metal sound meets murky death metal sound as witnessed with orthodox black metal acts – but more vibrantly expressed, suggestive of the band’s onstage confidence. Like its full-length predecessor, Hermetica presents eight equally dynamic tracks, dragging the listener to the sulfurous depths, with characteristic vapor trails of hypnotizing melody lingering above the tar-thick sewage. One could even say Sacrificium Carmen are more “rocking” here, and even more melodic simultaneously – but let it be known that the band are still exquisitely filthy and exceptionally well-recorded.
The more things change, the more they stay the same, or so the saying goes. Sacrificium Carmen keep the fires of Finnish black metal burning and hold high the torch with Hermetica! Feel the first burn with the new track “Kaitselmuksen Tähti”, courtesy of Black Metal Promotion.
Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Sacrificium Carmen’s Hermetica
2. Kaitselmuksen tähti
3. Mysteerion nietoksilla
5. Valheennäkijä, kuoleva mestari
7. Valonkantajan adventti
8. Arvet & Henki