Released: 2013, Dark Essence Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
There was a time when anyone calling themselves Ture Norweigan black metal could sell hundreds of album and ride on the back of controversy and hype encompassing the genre. Almost 25 years on and much of the black metal scene has sunk back into a state of obscurity. The churches may no longer be burning but black metal purists are still keeping the pulse of the old music alive. Out of this darkness steps SARKOM, a five piece straight up black metal band from Norway.
Its been five years since the release of their last album BESTIAL, and SARKOM have been plagued by line-up changes, resorting to bringing in guest musicians for this album. With changes of members usually comes a change of sound, but this is SARKOM doing exactly what they always do. The same formula has been applied to this that has come with all of the previous albums; furious passages break into sudden atmospheric luls, which give the listener enough time to catch their breath before being thrown back into another assault.
There’s not a lot to say about this album really that can’t be said about any black metal band that considers themselves ‘supreme’. Rolling blast beats, tremolo guitars and the occasional synth, all topped by demonic screeching from vocalist Unsgaard. This can really be heard in ‘I Utakt med Gud,’ with pushes through at breakneck speed with only brief interludes of rest bite before moving onto the next sonic assault.
This album is everything it says it is on the tin, a misanthropic whirlwind of destruction and hatred. It is a long way from original, but the band really make no claim to be anything other than what they are. DOOMSDAY ELITE is a demanding listening experience for anyone, and for those that really want to reminisce on the old days this is the album for you. It may not be recoded in a teenager’s basement on a device that has the capability of a potato to capture great sound, but it’s got straight up black metal spot on.
Review by Caitlin Smith