A great example of no frills, modern heavy as fuck Doom Metal!!
Scarificare – Postulado
Scarificare is an extreme metal band from Oporto, Portugal that formed in late 2006. Since they have been a unit, they have released their demo “Sulphurous Wrath” in 2008, “Perpetual Decline” (CD album 2010), and now are working to unleash their latest album “Postulado” which is set to be out October 2013 under the record label, Hellprod.
I had the opportunity to listen to Postulado many times for a short while and have grown to enjoy it. The album has many elements that I have taken attention to. The tracks on Postulado have a progressive black metal and occult-like approach that can easily attract many new listeners not yet entirely familiar with this band, and are looking for an extreme/black metal album to add to their collection.
Quetzalcoatl’s lyrical/vocal direction caught my attention and reminded me a little bit of Hoath Torog, front-man of the blasphemous black metal band Behexen. Particularly, the self-worship aspect in some of the lyrics/songs, and the reverent hymns in the Scarificare tracks entitled “Gnosis” and “Omega.”
I favour “Omega” the most from the album because of its cold, black metal and ceremonial ambiance. The percussion (timpani or tom-tom) solo in the beginning of this track provides that warrior-like impression. It transcends into a beautiful acoustic guitar melody which I felt gave this song raw emotion without words. “Omega” and “Ab Aeterno,” meaning ‘from eternity’ are two great tracks that stand out from the rest of the album because of the evident black metal approach. Postulado is very enjoyable nonetheless.
As a whole, this album displays lyrical aspects of time and space, existence, death, and ancient religion which seemingly are an inspiration to the bands direction. This is quite apparent in their earlier compositions, and bleeds through their music by the heavy; deadly heartbeat of Njord’s drumming to Quetzalcoatl’s gravely lyrics, and are sure to instil that feeling of enlightenment in a purely brutal fashion backed by Quetzalcoatl and Inverno’s very in-tuned guitar and bass riffs. It all melts into a very well put together album.
I would definitely buy this album and tell all of my friends and those that haven’t heard of Scarificare to take a listen! It would be nice to see them live and hear what they have coming next! A well done album indeed!