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Vorkreist – Sigil Whore Christ (2012) - 60%

Asag_Asakku, May 29th, 2012

For several years now, France witnessed the emergence of many bands that sail through the murky waters of black and death metal. This is the case of the Parisian band Vorkreist, who have been raging since the late 1990s. My first contact with them, however, dates back only to 2009 with the release of Sickness Sovereign, a record that then made a pretty good impression. The group is pursuing its quest to destroy Christianity, boosted by a new contract with Agonia Records, with Sigil Whore Christ (2012).

Despite many listens, I confess that I remain puzzled by this album. The performers are talented, the compositions are correct, and the production is impeccable, but something is wrong. One senses a hesitation, a doubt, as if the group is juggling different options: choose the technical and brutal death, the iconoclastic and sulfuric black, or a more accessible melodeath? This uncertainty of musical direction of the album greatly affects its cohesion. Tempted amalgams are not always happy and more homogenous titles are without a doubt the most interesting, such as De Imitatione Christi or Memento Mori. Finally, this seems to cause a hindrance in the interpretation of the songs. The primary rage and aggression, while characteristic of this style, only scratch the songs. Constant tempo changing always breaks the initial momentum.

In summary, this fourth album of French Vorkreist suffers from a confused art direction that makes it difficult to fully appreciate. ‘Grasp all, lose all’ says the proverb. Well, the band should draw on that little piece of wisdom to clearly identify the path they want to borrow in the future. 6/10

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