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The Chaotic Ending To Sacramentum - 85%

Destroyer_6_6_6, October 24th, 2012

A year and a half after Sacramentum's second album's release, they released their final album, Thy Black Destiny in 1999. This album had even more radical changes done to the music just as Sacramentum did with Coming Of Chaos, representing the band's quick-paced musical evolution. It's a bit difficult to call this a flawless masterpiece, but also difficult to say it's just decent. It's best to say it's very memorable and enjoyable, with very fast, crushing songs. It's not an improvement, but another step in Sacramentum's sound, this time stepping onto grounds of pure death metal.

First of all, this album is pure death metal. All black metal elements are eliminated from Sacramentum's music at this point in time. All the beautiful and somber melodies are completely gone as well. This makes Sacramentum sound extremely different already. Despite the gargantuan differences, you could still recognize the music as Sacramentum's sound. Their sound had become very distinctive with Coming Of Chaos. Even though the second album was extremely different from the first album, it proved that Sacramentum can completely change remain recognized, and here, they've done the same thing.

For Thy Black Destiny, Sacramentum decided to focus a lot more on blast-beating brutality and very death and thrash metal-oriented songwriting rather than melody and atmosphere. The riffs are much more technical, but not way too technical like a song from a band like Decapitated or the Polish band Hate. The songs remind me of those from Sodom's M-16, only they're played much faster with blast-beats added. It should be noted that this album also has its slower moments, like the slow-paced song Overlord and the last track Thy Black Destiny which ends the album in more calming riffs that are supposed to resemble a collapse and bloody aftermath of the intense, war-like atmosphere the other songs contain.

The other songs, particularly Demonaeon, The Manifestation, Rapturous Paradise, and Shun The Light are musical manifestations of war, bloody violence, and some sort of apocalyptic event. These songs are packed with chaotic riffs, blast-beats, shredding guitars, and fierce vocals. There are a couple filler tracks on this album, but the majority of the album's songs are a joy to head-bang to. This proves that Sacramentum transformed their sound in a positive way again, but like how it's already mentioned above, it's not an improvement, just something different.

Conclusion: an enjoyable and very intense album by Sacramentum, which creates a satisfying ending to their discography.