Released: 2014, Hammerheart Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Sammath are a Dutch black metal band formed in 1994, they have released 4 albums all on Germany’s Folter records. This, their fifth full-length is also the first for the much-revered Hammerheart label. What is served up here is a vicious, feral feat of pure black metal.
The first track, Shot In Mass is very much a statement of intent, with Kruitwagen screaming as if the world is about to implode around him. The turmoil which is served up from hereon in is pretty relentless, with Through Filth and the Remains of Man having the only slight let up to this pace in the mid-section. However the band set themselves apart from many of their peers by going for what is, comparatively speaking very much a defined production job, each instrument is allowed more room to breathe and shine through.
Indeed one of my favourite parts of the album is the scuzzy bass sound which is especially evident on closing track, Nineteen Corpses Hanging in the Mist. This for me does not detract from the cold frostbitten feel of the album but, rather leads to a more rounded sound with the listener being allowed to hear exactly where each instrument is in the mix. It does give some of the riffs on the album an almost old school death metal feel, especially on the main riff to penultimate track, Death (Hunt Them Down).
I guess this might turn some purists off the album but to me it just adds another dimension to it. What the production doesn’t do, however is to ever detract from the ferocity of the playing, indeed the chaotic nature of this album is part of its charm. This is unpretentiously a nasty, misanthropic piece of black metal with enough originality and chops to rise above the majority of black metal releases.
Review by Scrios