Sacramentia – Prophecies Of Plague

Sacramentia – Prophecies Of Plague
Extreme Sound Records/Old Shadows Records
Release Date: 06/06/2020
Running Time: 39:18
Review by Victor Augusto
8.5/10

Since I’ve joined forces with this incredible team called Ever Metal, I have seriously put into my mind that I should keep my focus on professional bands for reviews and promotion, no matter if it’s a new or famous band. I also believe, that all people are like radio frequencies and we have a connection with people that are on the same wavelength, and who have the same spirit and passion for the cause. Within this scenario, I had the great opportunity to meet the young people from Sacramentia, a band from a small city called São João da Boa Vista, in the state of São Paulo (Brazil). After our first contact, we worked a lot to spread the word of their debut album and a good friendship has appeared from all of it.

With all I have explained, you are probably asking why I took so long to write a review about them (I know you are not really asking, hahaha), but my honest answer is that I didn’t know if I could write good words about them. “So, Victor, Are you telling us that Sacramentia’s music is not good?” (Again, I am imagining some of you asking it). No, my friends, it is just the opposite. It is so good, and also so complex, that I took a long time to understand their sonority. I was first confused when vocalist Renan showed me the single ‘Crucifiction’ before the album’s release. The title is a fiction about the crucifixion of Christ. Firstly, I thought they were a Black Metal band, but the lyric video of this song shows the exact history of the crucifixion that you read in the Holy Bible. Right after that, I got very confused, if they are a Black Metal Band or a band that worship God or Christ, as many bands do in Brazil (then they are called a White Metal band).

Sacramentia are, actually, not Black or White Metal. The band just play a dark and heavy music that navigates in a Death Metal and Thrash Metal sonority. They talk about lunatics that are involved with religion but from the corruption side…men that use this institution for their own good and the people who are blinded by faith. Actually, the band’s name is a combination of ‘Sacra’ and ‘Dementia’ which explains perfectly what they want to tell us. Most of Renan’s vocal interpretations sound like a priest vociferating religious dogma or trying to corrupt his followers. The most interesting interpretation is on ‘Silent Sinner‘, where he really looks like a devilish priest whispering to his believers.

Musically, this is extremely interesting, utilizing a bunch of influences which mix hugely different bands and genres. The bass of Guilherme Melo is an important instrument that received good volume in the recording process and increases all the darkness and heaviness. The guitar work of André Guimarães and Guilherme Mendes is also very interesting, with the riffs and solos, and even the clean notes, like on the track ‘Scum’, giving an obscure sound. This song shows how good the band are band at creating good variation in their music. ‘In Integrum Pandemonium’ is another example of a mix of their inspirations. For me, this song is like Marduk playing Slipknot, because the initial riff reminds me of ‘Before I Forget’, but the song structure and arrangements is more akin to Black Metal. It also has good Brazilian drum percussion from Leo Michelazzo.

Another good song is ‘Black Psalm’, the longest on the album, which creates a mixed atmosphere. ‘Necrolust’ is the fast track and, again, it is about sacred sins related to sexual temptation within the Church. Brutal song by the way! To summarize what you can expect from “Prophecies Of Plague”, it is an album which combines all the energy of a Thrash/Death Metal band but with Black Metal arrangements. Sometimes, they even sound like Swedish Melodic Death Metal with obscure Norwegian musical influences.

Throw away your thoughts of silly Satanism subjects and instead, listen to a narration of the obscure histories that have happened inside the sacred temple of god and all the moral and personal conflicts that the people involved with it have suffered. For sure, “Prophecies Of Plague” is a pretty intense album, but with a good power too. Become immersed, musically, and thematically, in a subject that always messes with our minds. Maybe it looks like an old-fashioned theme, but it is still a TRULY relevant theme.

Considering all the restrictions new bands here have with affording a good production, Sacramentia have undoubtedly extracted the best from their musicians. They used a four-track soundboard to record this album, but it is not a bad record, they have just put a good level of rawness into their sound. Nice job!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Scorn Fate
02. Scum
03. In Integrum Pandemonium
04. Black Psalm
05. Silent Sinner
06. Necrolust
07. Crucifiction
08. Falling State ov Mind
09. Ancient
10. Unknown Gods

LINE-UP:
Renan Bezan – Vocals
André Guimarães – Guitar
Guilherme Mendes – Guitar
Guilherme Melo – Bass
Leo Michelazzo – Drums

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EMQ’s with SACRAMENTIA

EMQ’s with SACRAMENTIA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Metal band Sacramentia Huge thanks to vocalist Renan Bezan for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

I’m Renan, the singer. The band’s line up is André Guimarães and Guilherme Mendes on guitars, Guilherme Melo (bass), Leonardo Michelazzo (drums) and myself on vocals. We live in São João da Boa Vista, in the interior of the state of São Paulo. The history of the band began in a moment of musical maturity and transition between members of other groups that together, seek to evolve technically, to make a sound that makes the public restless in the presentations.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Sacramentia comes from the combination of the words “SACRA” (from Sacred) and “DEMENTIA”.

We were looking for a name that sounded strong and, at the same time, had something to do with this thing, often toxic to religious hysteria and the dogmas created by the men who lead these institutions.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Brazil, in a small town called São João da Boa Vista, in the state of São Paulo. The rock scene here is small. We have a few bands; most of them play only covers.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our first album was released this year, called “Prophecies of Plague”

‘CruciFiction’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

To elaborate my vocals, I was inspired by two vocalists from some of my favourite bands. Death’s Chuck Schuldiner, specifically, by the style he adopted on the album “The Sound of Perseverance”, the band’s last release. The second influence is Attilla Csihar, the second singer of Mayhem

What first got you into music?

Basically, my father. When I was a child, I spent weekends with him and since those days, I became aware of the classic bands, like Van Halen, Iron Maiden, etc.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

This is a very difficult question. I think with Jupiterian, a Brazilian Doom / Sludge band, Batushka and any other band from our underground that would invite me

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Hellfest, Wacken, Inferno, Setembro Negro and others.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

We haven’t received gifts from fans yet.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you very much for all the support so far, we are much honored for the opportunity to be where we are thanks to all of you.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Chuck Schuldiner from Death

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I like the challenge that the creative process demands. What I hate is the lack of structure in my country, which makes a point of ignoring the production of rock and metal.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Mainly, the existence of covers bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Sound of Perseverance” from Death

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I always like the physical format. Actually, I buy more CD’s than LP’s.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we haven’t had our debut yet on stage.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would like to act as a voice actor or broadcaster

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bruno Jankauskas from Viletale, Thiago Alboneti from Beyond Chaos, Victor Augusto, Tarcísio Chagas from Metal na Lata and Arysson Lima from Mass of Souls.

What’s next for the band?

The goal is to schedule shows and work on more songs for a second album, in the future.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We are on Youtube, Instagram and Facebook. Our album can be found on more than 150 streaming platforms and will soon release our CD by two Brazilian labels, Extreme Sound Records and Old Shadows Records.

www.facebook.com/sacramentia.official/
www.instagram.com/sacramentia.official/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCi-PgMhHKUC-csnCRvD9JbA
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5QHQcOfMTuSPTtu5BcccBg
www.deezer.com/us/artist/97250392

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know. Maybe is it a cake? hahaha

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I would like to thank Ever Metal for the space giving to us. You can be sure that we will be forever grateful!

Our thanks to our great brother Victor Augusto and all the incredible people who have always supported us since the beginning.

We hope our music reaches everyone and we hope you enjoy “Prophecies Of Plague”!

Stay safe, stay strong, stay metal!

It is Victor here. Again, I have to say thanks to all bands answering the EMQ’s done by Ever Metal and congratulations to Sacramentia. A Young band doing professional work. I am just spreading the names of bands and people who have the same passion we all have at Ever Metal. A passion called Heavy Metal!

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