The Spanish/Galician complex Blackened Death Metal of Sartegos.
Sartegos is a band that hails from a region of Spain called Galicia and they sing in a language that resembles Portuguese very much.
Although they’re a relatively new band, they have quality works behind them including their first demo A Serpe do Escarnio released in 2010.
But while they’ve been so far a good band, O Sangue da Noite , their debut full length, shows an excellent one. Why? Because they did the impossible: an original blackened death metal sound.
Normally this terminology is a little bit confusing: One can be talking about Behemoth/Belphegor, or simply about the war/bestial metal of bands like Blasphemy, Sadomator, Morbosidad and so on. There is a chasm between the two “styles”. Sartegos is at the middle.
That is not to say that they are a mediocre band: NO! They concocted their own music using both death and black. They’re not an imitation, they’re not an act!
For instance, a song like Lajes em Tormento e Decadência shows a complex, fast and heavy form of satanic metal that is not progressive, indeed, I can´t label it. But there’s layers and changes of tempo in a myriad of riffs and passages.
While Solpor dos Mistérios follows suit, the song Arqueiro is the most complete of the album: exploding the speakers, it resounds some Poland bands like Hate but heavier. The main theme is an earworm without compromising the brutality of the opus.
But the best song for sure is As Devesas som dos Lobos that follows a theme while the song dramatically progresses in mid-tempo just to give space to brutality and chasmal bellows from hell. Simply perfect.
The last song is a Burzum-esque piece that serves as an outro and is called Águas Negras.
The complexity of this album will get the fans of heaviest black metal by the balls for it is a surprise. Yes, this is original to the bone. Ye,s this is difficult to assimilate at first. Yes, that’s the way I like it.
O Sangue da Noite will be out on I, Voidhanger Records on November 29th