Sarvekas – Of Atavistic Fury And Visions

Raw and hypnotic would be the best way to describe the Finnish duo known as Sarvekas for their debut EP, “Of Atavistic Fury And Visions.” It is about as raw as cleanly polished black metal can get- not quite as grating as older Dark Throne or Judas Iscariot, but also in no way soft. Think along the lines of Dark Funeral or mid era Watain or even very early Satyricon before they went black n’roll. Tracks like ‘Dark Spiritual Devotion’ hit fast and hard with the hash, echoing vocals and wintery riffs with tons of speed but amongst the chaos there is a certain layer of melody. Other tracks like ‘Hexenpyre’ embrace the melodies more almost aiming Sarvekas down a melodic black metal path, but in no way forsaking the rather wintery atmosphere.

Tracks like ‘The Sacred Hour Of The Hunt’and ‘Surtr’s Breath’ are definitely the highlights of the album. They balance the harsh with the melodic passages well and even very up the drumming a bit, especially on ‘Surtr’s Breath’ The echoing beats are certainly more memorable than the repetitive rapid fire of rhythms heard on the earlier part of the album and there is certainly something more tribal and primal with the overall track versus just the sheer rage of black metal beauty from a track like ‘Dark Spiritual Devotion’ Unfortunately, there are only 5 tracks here so there isn’t too much to go off of for a full comprehensive review, but for those who like black metal somewhere between chokingly kvlt and a dark symphony then Sarvekas has a ton of promise. There isn’t really a bad track on the album as each one varies things up a bit, be it the melodies used in the guitar or the drum pace, so it will be a fast but enjoyable listen.

3.5 / 5 STARS 

Reviewer: Colin McNamara

Nov 27, 2020

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Sarvekas – Of Atavistic Fury And Visions

review Sarvekas - Of Atavistic Fury And Visions

1. Dark Spiritual Devotion
2. Hexenpyre
3. The Sacred Hour Of The Hunt
4. Where No Man Has Trodden
5. Surtr’s Breath

3.5

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