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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. I'll say it's very memorable and enjoyable, with tunes easy to head-bang to. It's not an improvement, but it's just really different.
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 blasting 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 the songs of 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.
As for lyrics, there's much more hatred and anger in the lyrical content instead of darkness and nightmares. Thy Black Destiny features many themes like destruction and war. The lyrics seem like they tell a story, possibly the chaotic story of Sacramentum. If Nisse Karlen and Anders were writing most of the lyrics about an actual story, I see it as being about chaos and mayhem that has completely devoured the universe (which began with Coming of Chaos) and Thy Black Destiny's lyrics being about the ending and aftermath of the universe after such chaos. We may never know though. Nevertheless, the lyrics are interesting.
The songs Demonaeon, The Manifestation, and Shun The Light are musical manifestations of war and bloody violence. These songs are packed with chaotic riffs, blast-beats, shredding guitars, and fierce vocals. There are a couple filler tracks, 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.
Conclusion: an incredible and very intense album by Sacramentum, which creates a satisfying ending to their discography. Again, it's not as mind-blowing as Far Away From The Sun. It's very different, but in a positive and distinctive way.