SATANIC WARMASTER - Black Katharsis (12" LP on Black Vinyl)
Finland | Black
First time full album length with extra tracks not heard before
As with many other bands of the Finnish black metal scene, especially after the inital boom of early and mid 90s, the stylistical choices and decisions made by these musicians are easily indentifiable as black metal aspects, but to a great extent, only the superficial layer of music is derivate and uniform. Even bands like Satanic Warmaster that are, based on some releases, viewed as highly stereotypical, have branched out in their music to surprising lengths. "Black Katharsis" is an example of one such experimentation. It's reminiscent of bands like Baptism, even later Horna, but most obviously, Cosmic Church. Mid-paced, moody (if somewhat vague) black metal where minimalism is a defining characteristic and inspiration is channeled through a raw and unpretentious presentation. This is one of the first Satanic Warmaster's efforts, a perfect cocoon of what will happen later in its career. A solid masterpiece, indeed.