Sarpanitum – Blessed Be My Brothers (2015 Spotlight) – Ah, Sarpanitum… Some might say they’re one of metal’s best kept secrets, and even Decibel overseer Albert Mudrian has apparently been jamming them for quite a while, surely leaving readers to wonder “Who in the hell are those guys?” Well, wonder no longer as I’m about to lay some ancient knowledge down upon you as I whisper into your ears the legend of Sarpanitum. First of all, the band comes from Birmingham England and is composed of members of Mithras, Cachexic, Balor and Contrarian respectively. Their style seems to be a heavily melodic form of death metal, which also incorporates a staggering amount of technicality and musicianship into the mix. I’m not sure if it’s Tom Hyde or Tom Innocenti that’s providing the majority of these killer leads, but one of the two of them definitely needs an award for the tremendous amount of work that’s been put into this masterpiece of an album. Blessed Be My Brothers isn’t all that long of an album, but I feel that it’s just as long as it needs to be and offers a memorable performance from its very beginning, to its very end. This little review just doesn’t even scratch the surface of it. I literally want everyone who’s reading this review to stop reading it right now, and instead go over to the band’s website or whatever outlet is streaming this piece, so that you can start listening to the record immediately while reading this review. I can tell you that there’s a lot of Cryptopsy and Gorguts influence to be found here amidst all the melody, but that doesn’t really do the kind of justice to this album that listening to it will do. You need to know that what I am saying is not just hype speak and that this record literally is as fucking good as I’m saying it is here in this review. To be honest, it doesn’t really take a lot of words to describe this album, because it cements itself from the first listen and starts flowing right into your bloodstream instantly. There is a slight little break in “Immortalized As Golden Spires 2:13” as well as “Homeland 2:49” but even considering those as well as the intro “Komeno 2:56” there’s still enough of a death metal experience to be had – and as far as soundscapes are concerned, these light pieces are quite good. Even though I’m rather quite sure that most death metal fans will just skip over them and consider them useless. So if we cut the fat, Blessed Be My Brothers offers up thirty-three minutes of hard-hitting and somewhat beautiful technical brutal death metal (with some of the most breathtaking solos I’ve ever heard in my life) action. Being that this is the band’s second album (and yes, their debut Despoilment Of Origin received a whopping 93% on MA) it’s definitely a good sign of things to come and in no way a sophomore slump. I literally cannot find one single thing wrong with this album and would consider it an absolute must for nearly every metal fan on the planet. The world has yet to witness the full power of Sarpanitum and this feels like a minor quarter of what they truly have to offer. If you haven’t experienced the legend yet, then there’s simply no better time than now.
(10 Tracks, 41:00)