Sammath's aesthetics combine a crisp, crystal clear and very much updated sound, with a subversive, almost misplaced heavy metal etiquette buried within a vitriolic, blastbeat-happy façade, wisely disguised but ever present. Amalgamating this newish, hi-tech-ish searing black metal sound with metal's more melodic roots (and those fucking guitar solos; shredding in black metal, who would have thought?), resulting in quasi-melodic, beautifully arranged, riff-maddening black metal of epic proportion.
Sammath's Triumph In Hatred must be one of today's truest sonic incarnations of the concept of war and its dreads; it is equipped with the right atmosphere and the right dynamic energy every average black metaller out there would cream their pants with. However, Sammath also possess and deliver that extra special ingredient one cannot always put a finger on but always there; maturity, experience, real-life hardship maybe. Who really knows?
Last but not least: with this recording Sammath have almost revolutionized (production-wise) the sound of today's most extreme forms of metal. Not since Diabolicum's The Dark Blood Rising has there been a viler and sharper sounding album, in this reviewer's honest opinion.
|2.Burn in the Fires of Hell|
|5.Blazing Storm of Steel|
|6.Triumph in Hatred|
|7.The Dead Lay Torn|
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