Summoners of the Serpents Wrath
Release Date: March 4, 2017
Summoners of The Serpents Wrath is the sophomore effort by German black metal band Sarkrista, released on March 4th, 2017 by Purity Through Fire.
The 50-minute, full-length record dedicated – so says the album description on Bandcamp – to “…the mighty Leviathan”, is brimming with energy and depressive passion, and each track expresses this atmosphere in its own way.
While the intro establishes the sombre mood of the album well, the first full-length track — “The Lurking Giant” — is one of my favourites of the album. It evokes so much passion and legitimate feeling, while also adding bombast to the atmosphere established by the intro track, therefore making the two tracks a complete lead-in package for the rest of the album.
Other standouts from the album include the title track, the gorgeous, melancholic piano section near the end of “He, Who Liveth and Reigneth Forevermore” (beginning nearly four-and-a-half minutes in, and continuing for the remainder of the track), and the solemn “The Sea Pt. 2 (My Cold Grave)”.
As with other tracks on the album, I find the closing track — “Rituals of Flames and Skulls “ — to sound particularly memorable; the acoustic finale makes this a beautiful capstone to the solemn, morose journey that is “Summoners of The Serpents Wrath”.
While, at time of writing, this album was released two years prior, this remains one of my standout releases for 2017.
Recommended if you’re into Mgła, Skyforest, or Gehenna.
- The Lurking Giant
- The Gathering of Blackest Shadows
- Summoners of the Serpents Wrath
- Ascending from the Deep
- He, Who Liveth and Reigneth Forevermore
- The Sea part 2 (My Cold Grave)
- Black Devouring Flames
- Rituals of Flames and Skulls
Sarkrista on ‘Summoners of the Serpents Wrath’ are:
Revenant – Vocals
Farbauti – Guitars
Exesor – Drums