Satanism. Sickness. Solitude.

Belarus Country of Origin: Belarus

Satanism. Sickness. Solitude.
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Avant-Garde, Black
1. Welcome
2. Helios
3. The Way
4. Hellsicker
5. Alone
6. The Light Of The End
7. Emptiness
8. Wandering Star (Portishead Cover)
9. Hologram

Review by JD on November 22, 2008.

There are many bands that have used this overly used name, and most don’t really live up to it. Upon hearing SpikeFarm’s unique and very unsettled new signing, Sick... the name that so many bands have tried on for size, finally has a real owner.

This trio of demented people can be only described as a severely bastardised crossing of Doom Metal, Industrial music like early Ministry and then added in unholy satanic lyrics that eats it way through the rotting flesh of the living like a hungry mutated maggot. This album is not for the squeamish or the faint of heart, or for the normal Black Metal fans for that matter... yet the band is compelling and scary at the same time.

Sick is just simply very Doomy, depressing music that creates a world of morbid thoughts and deep torment melancholy that has ever been seen. They are sort of like November’s Doom in lyrical complexities, but their hearts seem as black as Satan’s soul and are clearly out to feed off of the unwary, the weak or the unlucky.. Musically, they are not overly ‘sparkling’ in that department, but they still end up kicking your ass with their heavy dirges they bring.

The album is hard to get through just once, and perhaps will not be played too many times by most people out there... but one listen of this bleak and highly deranged band is worth buying the damn thing. Sick is the unofficial yet twisted soundtrack for a world that no one needs to really know about, because it is their own minds.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 8
Atmosphere: 8
Production: 8
Originality: 9
Overall: 8

Rating: 8.2 out of 10