|Review: Sarmat - RS-28|
Year released: 2021
Review online: June 11, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
This Polish black/death metal band—and the album—is named after the Russian hypersonic missile, nicknamed "SATAN-2," that you should have heard about in the past couple of years—that is, if you haven't been living under a rock. Either way, this should tell you that this band doesn't sing about love and pretty flowers. Sarmat play a brand of blackened death metal that you've heard before—let's face it, unless a band does really weird stuff, by now you've heard it before—pretty much blasting away with heavy, pounding metal that will make even the speakers start headbanging if you turn the volume loud enough. It's not surprising that we can hear a bit of a Vader and Behemoth vibe here as these bands have influenced tons of others over the years. What Sarmat don't have in musical originality is compensated by the overall atmosphere of the album. It's a dark, menacing, gripping atmosphere that just grabs you right from the start and doesn't let go. It's kind of doomy but not too much, and it's chilling at times, bringing a sense of helplessness that you strangely can't get enough of. Just surrender to the music and enjoy the ride. It's hard for bands to set themselves apart without incorporating some gimmicks that fail more often than not, and Sarmat have done it right and steered clear of that on RS-28 by going all creepy and giving their compositions that little dark edge that will make the listener rush to turn the lights on. Good stuff.
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