This is the second album of the Belgian metal band Sardonis.
Have you ever heard a sound so unrepentantly and monolithically dense it makes your head feel as though it’s in danger of bursting and your eyes feel like they will burst from their sockets in a shower of gore? This second long player from Belgian noise mongers Sardonis is that sound!
Sardonis don’t really do subtle, they do heavy, very fucking heavy. Being entirely instrumental one might wonder if it would be possible for the band to sustain the listener’s interest over the course of a full album. It turns out that there is enough sonic diversion in the Sardonis arsenal to keep any devotee of the crunch happy as they drift from monumentally powerful doom that bullies Cathedral into submission and flushes their heads down the toilet, to grinding sludge to the kind of grimy 80’s thrash that bands like Destruction and Sodom played with wild, beer fuelled abandon. Throughout, whichever style they play through it is all delivered with razor sharp intensity and absolute precision.
Halfway through listening to this album you suddenly become aware that you haven’t once heard a vocal line or guitar solo. There simply isn’t room for such frippery in the Sardonis sound. Any deviation from the power of the riff would detract wildly from the overall sound and jar the listener. Riffs and beats, riffs and beats... that’s all there is and that’s all you need.