Ok, we are going to go on a bit of a limb here and take a different direction. Today’s topic: Unblack (also called Christian Black) metal. Yes, you read that correctly. Some atheists, satanists, even Christians might claim that the terms black metal and Christian are polar opposites. Bands like Cerimonial Sacred shatter that thought.
Cerimonial Sacred, in my humble opinion, is one of the best unblack bands out there. They are, in fact a two member band from Brazil; Abissai Darkaliel (Guitars, Bass) and Melancton Samengalef (Vocals, Bass). Moreover, they can musically stand toe-to-toe with some of the more famous (or infamous) black metal bands. If you are of the opinion that Christianity and this music are incongruous, well…… get over it. You’re missing out.
If you are a fan of Cerimonial Sacred and unblack metal, you will love this. If you are simply a black metal fan who refuses these bands because of their beliefs or a Christian who feels this image isn’t in line with Christianity, it’s like I said earlier… get over it. I’d put Cerimonial Sacred up against Dark Funeral, Emperor, Burzum or anyone else for that matter and any day, even every day and three times on sunday.
Eternity Begins Tonight is Cerimonial Sacred’s new 2-track single released by Vision of God Records. It is available both as a digital download as well as a limited 7 inch release. Vision of God is one of the only labels flying the flag of Christian black and death metal so please go support them regardless of your beliefs. They are also re-releasing Cerimonial Sacred’s first two full length releases, Christ Worshipers and Our Only War is Against Hell. There you’ll find Cerimonial Sacred’s brand of black metal with some piano pieces placed in between.
Some of the traditional black metal components are here: tremolo riffing and black metal style screams. However, what separates Cerimonal Sacred from the masses is the unique chord progression and the huge wall of synths that fill the background, sounding almost choral-like.
Powerful, Majestic, Soaring and Brutal; that is Cerimonial Sacred for you. This is as good as it gets. I can’t stress that enough.
Track List: 1. Eleven Thousand Dead 2. An Abyss of Regrets