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jools green
17th November 2017
Jools Green

sar isatum

Technical Symphonic Black Metal trio Sar Isatum may hail from Denver, Colorado but their name and inspiration comes from much further afield.

The band name means "King of Fire" in the Sumerian dialect and further still, both the Sumerian Empire and The Anunnaki - a group of deities that appear in the mythological traditions of the ancient Sumerians, Akkadians, Assyrians, and Babylonians - provide a strong inspiration for their lyrical content.

The debut album, 'Shurpu 'means "Purification by Fire" in Sumerian, and it's certainly refreshing and encouraging to come across a Black Metal band seeking their lyrical inspiration from a more unusual source.

They are the first I've come across to cover the Sumerian topic, which is hugely suitable, predating Christianity as well as having a dark occult aspect.

You can't help but want to discover more about just what's behind the content, which is both educational and entertaining.

sar isatum

Sound-wise their inspiration is more of a Scandinavian one, inspired by Emperor, Dark Funeral , Gorgoroth, Marduk and Craft, but definitely not trying to sound like any of those bands, aiming for their own interpretation.

The affect is to create an intense and ethereal experience for the listener, which has really culminated in something that makes for a very engaging listen.

The trio, JP Dalkhu, Damothi and CC conjure up a pretty tight sound, precisely delivered drum work, brutal, technical blackened riffing, a crushingly dark underlying groove, slick direction switching and an acerbic vocal delivery, what's not to like!

My favourite tracks are the first two that were released, title track 'Sar Isatum' and 'Chenoo', very strong offerings on an already strong album.

The penultimate track 'Celestial Diaspora' is interesting too, it was apparently the original band demo track from twelve months ago and has a colder and icier mood than the rest, but still a great track that sits well with the rest of this hugely atmospheric album.

All tracks are composed by 'Sar Isatum' except the final track 'Halls of Pestilence' which was penned by Lord Dahthar from the Denver-based Black Metal trio of the same name.

Track listing:
Sar Isatum
Black Gate
Celestial Diaspora Vanaspati
Halls of Pestilence

If you're a fan of any of the bands mentioned earlier 'Shurpu' should be of interest to you and will be available as self-release in digital format from November 17 and a CD from December 22.




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