Rating:
8.5
Sarpanitum - Despoilment Of Origin
26 February 2007


01. Seducing The Phallus Throne
02. Halls Of Decadence
03. Ascending The Divine
04. Provocation Of An Eternal Odium
05. Dusk Over Assyria
06. Cur Defilement
07. Dawn Of Enthrallment
08. Despoilment Of Origin


The world of metal and more specifically death metal these days is a lions den of hopeful bands just waiting to be recognised and get their break in the world and more then ever now, these band need to undoubtedly be impressive and of course smash your face off in the process - and that is exactly what Sarpanitum do. The year 2003 brought the birth of the band in Birmingham, England and since then all the band has done is grow - performing on the same stage as a lengthy list of respectable names of the genre and now having been signed, their album is one of the two albums from the fledgling Galactic Records started by Leon Macey of Mithras.

Sarpanitum present here and album of crushing metal, from beginning to end the band are unrelenting with their death metal assault, the first song just as extreme as the last. Every part of the band is impressively fast, the guitars technical as well as melodic at times for example during "Provocation Of An Eternal Odium" combined with a constant murderous barrage of drumming from Sean Broster and almost guttural sounding vocals that aren't too far away from the sound Karl Sanders of Nile - these all make for one highly intense death metal album.

The opening song "Seducing The Phallus Throne" although having a title like something you would expect from the next Nile album actually sounds more similar to the material Behemoth has been putting out since 2004 with its epic, grandiose blastbeating opening things up. As well as this, I hear a strong Nile influence as well; not just with the lyrics and song titles but especially the little acoustic interlude "Dusk Over Assyria" which is followed by "Cur Defilement" that perfectly demonstrates the influences from both these bands in one song.

Originality will probably always be questioned with this band, in places this does sound a lot like the more recent Behemoth and Nile but it is unquestionable that Andy Techakosit is fascinated with ancient civilisation and mythology and his band are just playing the sort of music they love with amazing skill and talent, so I can tell you it really doesn't matter that much.

It is quite astonishing really, the band haven't been together five years yet and can produce something as professional and astounding as this, where it would have taken the majority of bands double that amount of time to become so tight and polished. The album is produced great, there are no issues with this at all so you get to focus entirely on the face melting metal just the way it was meant to be heard.

Sarpanitum are definitely worth looking into for all fans of fast and crushing death metal, when you sit yourself down in front of an album like this, you have no other choice then to just marvel. For sure this is a band that will make people sit up and take notice when they hear about English death metal in the future.


Band profile: Sarpanitum
Album: Despoilment Of Origin


 



Written on 14.06.2007 by
Baz Anderson
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Syk - 14.06.2007 at 16:45  
Lol @ fledgling Galactic Records. One of the more popular bands from my country has just had a horrible year after leaving Intergalactic Records, I'm not sure if their problems were caused by the label...

I suppose I'll look forward to having this thrust into my ears by Ilham
Baz Anderson - 14.06.2007 at 17:30  
Written by Syk on 14.06.2007 at 16:45

Lol @ fledgling Galactic Records. One of the more popular bands from my country has just had a horrible year after leaving Intergalactic Records, I'm not sure if their problems were caused by the label...

I suppose I'll look forward to having this thrust into my ears by Ilham

haha, I didn't know there was an "Intergalactic Records" - but they have nothing to do with Leon's Galactic Records.. this is the website: http://www.galacticrecords.co.uk/
there are just two bands at the moment - Sarpanitum and Sepia Dreamer (review coming up)

haha, and now you have me thrusting this in your ears, it's very good stuff. I was probably the one that showed Ilham the band in the first place. haha
Doh - 14.06.2007 at 19:10  
Very very good album , one of the best this year so far. Worship Nile
Bas - 14.06.2007 at 20:29  
i have to hear this one, even if it's just because of the connections with Leon Macey (god) and Mithras, even without that though, i know that Sean Broster is an exceptional drummer, and this review convinced me even more..

i've heard stuff by sepia dreamer before and it was absolutely amazing, regardless of your review i'll get that one
..HumanError.. - 16.06.2007 at 04:50  
Hehe, here is the so-much-wanted comment Barry!

I listened to the album four times in three days, and it is quite surprising, because I still have 57 albums to listen to and sort. But this came as a priority .

I agree with you, I think it sounds like Nile and Behemoth. But I would say Behemoth is the band I hear the most behind this, at least for the three first tracks. It comes back with track 6's intro until the end of the album. But this must be because I'm more familiar with them than with Nile. I should listen to Nile's albums again, it has actually been a long time...
Or maybe should I say it tends to sound like Behemoth in the begining of each song, but then turn out to be more something like Nile .. I don't know.. They have their own sound anyway, that's what I am expecting from a band.

Thank you for recommending it to me. Feel free to show me similar bands if you happen to know any.

Good review .
Baz Anderson - 16.06.2007 at 15:20  
yes indeed - the most obvious connection to make is with Nile looking at the cover and song titles, etc. but I am glad someone else thinks of Behemoth as well.. just the "Demigod" and "The Apostasy" albums though
Passenger - 16.06.2007 at 16:40  
This is actually a great Death Metal album. Definitely closer to Nile than to Behemoth. In any case, I doubt I'll hear better Death Metal besides these 3 bands' new releases.

Anywa, very good find here, nice job.
Stigmatized - 16.06.2007 at 23:17  
This review makes me want to hear the album even more.
Baz Anderson - 16.06.2007 at 23:24  
Written by Stigmatized on 16.06.2007 at 23:17

This review makes me want to hear the album even more.

then you should
there are a couple of songs from the album on their myspace for you to listen to here:
http://www.myspace.com/sarpanitum
Stigmatized - 17.06.2007 at 20:12  
Written by Baz Anderson on 16.06.2007 at 23:24

Written by Stigmatized on 16.06.2007 at 23:17

This review makes me want to hear the album even more.

then you should
there are a couple of songs from the album on their myspace for you to listen to here:
http://www.myspace.com/sarpanitum


Sounds bad-ass, gotta buy the album now.
Bhavok - 28.06.2007 at 20:30  
i liked the review, but just 8.5? i mean even the art cover is remarkable...

i like the way this kind of bands are creating a new "block" of death metal, something really technical and powerful..., great musicians great album!
Syk - 07.07.2007 at 09:50  
Bah, I don't really like this now. It's boring. Behemoth and Nile are better... and Dãm...
Stigmatized - 27.07.2007 at 19:13  
Listening to it for the first time right now, and it's very good. Reminds me of a mix between Nile/Behemoth/Mithras.

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