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One of the best albums of 2015 - 100%

Hames_Jetfield, November 23rd, 2020

Fate wasn't very kind to Tom Hyde's Sarpanitum shortly after the release of "Despoilment Of Origin". A few years after the debut, which incidentally went completely sideways, the band took a short break, underwent specific changes in the line-up (from now, Tom Innocenti and Tom Hyde became a permanent pillar of the band), and with the next album the band had to wait a bit (there was also very good EP "Fidelium" - a foretaste of the discussed album). Nevertheless, the effect of these musicians exceeded my expectations, well!, "Blessed Be My Brothers" is a real opposite of its "full" predecessor, the LP, which shines with brilliant patents and extraordinary ideas.

Compared to "Desoilment...", "Blessed..." is a fusion of what could be described as "Nilthras" (or "Mithle"), music full of guitar virtuosity a la Azagthoth, extremes in the style of "Behind The Shadows..." and exotic atmospehre of Sanders' band from the beginning of its studio activity - which is generally quite a rare combination. And to make it funnier, this is also an album where Leon Macey appeared as a drummer. Except for three introses (which, however, integrate perfectly with the rest of the album concept), "Blessed..." is an album with as much technique, atmosphere, brutality and...melody. An example is the first "By Virtuous Reclamation". For the fact, each of these tracks deserves to be called a real killers! I would mention here, for example, "Thy Sermon Lies Forever Tarnished", "Truth", the title track or "Glorification Upon The Powdered Bones Of The Sundered Dead", although this is not the whole theme! There is a different ideads in all of these songs, despite one conceptt (and what is it about - the cover may suggest).

Much good words are also due to the musicians themselves, both Hyde and Macey for instrumental madness, but also Innocenti for even better vocals than the debut (more in the type of Karl Sanders-Antti Boman) and for the successful entanglement of keyboard flavors emphasizing a bit oriental atmosphere. Anything else I need to add? Of course not! For me, "Blessed Be My Brothers" is absolutely one of the best albums released in extreme metal in 2015. And it outclasses most of the latest Morbid Angel and Nile albums.

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Blistering and Epic UK death metal - 88%

Lustmord56, March 24th, 2015

Review originally Published at by E.Thomas

Back in 2007, the UK's Sarpanitum released one of the best debuts from a UK death metal band of recent memory, Despoilment of Origin. It was released on Galactic Records, the label owned by Leon Macy the founder of fellow UK death metal act Mithras, who also were making quite a stir in the death metal scene at the time with three stunning albums under their belt at the time. However, both have been pretty dark since then, but now 8 years later, both Sarpanitum and Macy have resurfaced renewed and re energized.

The Sarpanitum /Mithras connection was always strong, and now that link is even stronger as Macy plays drums on the band’s long awaited second album (warming up for the impending Mithras return it appears), and while Sarpanitum has evolved a little, and the album is damn strong in its own right, the Mithras tone is even stronger than before.

Immediately from intro “Komenos,” the increased synths used throughout the album are prevalent. Not just a spurt here or there but an almost symphonic death/black metal like presence that glosses things in an almost blackened regal majesty, not big cinematic overbearing Fleshgod Apocalypse synths, but certainly more than piecemeal. Look no further than third track “Glorification upon the Powdered Bones of the Sundered Dead” to hear the majestic but still other worldly tech death vortex blend with ethereal but savage precision. One almost gets a bit of a Lykathea Aflame vibe.

When listening to the likes of “I Defy Therefore I Am” or “Thy Sermon Lies Forever Tarnished” the band’s blend of clinically chaotic but elegant almost cosmic riffage, and the historical imagery and themes makes me picture some sort of giant celestial knights clad in steam punk crusader garb usurping Sumerian thrones in far away galaxies. It’s not catchy or immediate, but presents an epic, swirling, nova of brutality and glistening beauty.

A couple of interludes break up the otherwise relentless pace in “Immortalized as Golden Spires” and “Homeland” that serve to break up the chaos, especially “Homeland” which lulls you into a dreamy sleep before the absolutely stunning “Malek Al-Inkitar” delivers arguably the albums best cut and the closing title track rounds out the album with deadly, opulent savagery and unleashing one of 2015's early, better death metal albums.

Macy and Mithras - you’re up next.