Siculicidium, a fivesome from the Transylvanian landscapes play black metal with many melancholic moments, passionately, semi raspy vocals and music dark enough to bring back your tainted past memories. With lyrics to all seven of their tracks written in their native Transylvanian language, it is hard to understand what the band is talking about, but the song titles have an English translation if this is any help.
There is tons of bleak atmosphere found on this 39-minute opus of total brilliance, especially, when you figure in the trumpets in the background, which also gives Siculicidium’s music a hauntingly eerie vibe.
The guitar work, bass and drum rhythms are pretty simplistic in approach, but this is a good thing when you factor in the depressive emotions the seven songs on here are graced with. The sound and tone within the mix is pretty good, with more of a raw edge given to the final sound. I really enjoyed the fact that their sound and instrumentation is not full of studio trickery and technology, which can take away from a band’s true sound and style.
I am definitely interested in checking out their previous studio releases now as these guys definitely play with that true ancient spirit and conviction.
Siculicidium is highly recommended for fans of Sear Bliss, Mayhem, Ulver, Enslaved and Opthalamia. [Sun & Moon] Sarjoo Devani