Sanctus Infernum hails from Kansas, which many know is
territory, and in fact a former Roadie leads this band, that being
bassist Mark Anderson (here as guitarist).
Anderson put the group together in 2006 and a debut, self-titled album
was put out two years later.
Forget Manilla Road from here on out, though, as Sanctus Infernum is
quite a different animal.
What we have here is, literally, doom/death metal, but not doomdeath in
My Dying Bride
Instead, this is largely classic underground doom metal, with a rather
unique vocal take that may be a dividing point with this band.
Low, gutteral, semi-spoken, and not varying much from song to song, at
times they provide the right punch and aggression, at other times
their sameness detract from the melodies.
There are some cool ideas here, with this reviewer's favorite track
being the meandering "Waking The Dead".
This isn't a perfect album by any stretch, as some of the songs
blend together a bit too much and the production is a bit pedestrian,
but it's a fairly strong and somewhat unique take on doom metal.
Reviews: Lords Of Metal
- Flesh Without Sin
- God Unto Myself
- The Journey Back
- Facing The Black
- Waking The Dead
- What Calm Is Without Storm
- Let It Be So
- Ricky Vannatta
- Mark Anderson
- Chris Johnson