BAPTISM – Chalice of Death 7” EP
Northern Heritage Records
Any black metal connoisseur worth their weight in grimness will admit that in the past decade Finland has been far more consistent, as far as their two Scandinavian brothers are concerned, in producing some of the more diabolical BM around. (Let the screaming ensue with that comment) Part of the explanation comes from having key players in all of their devious exploits. Lord Sargofagian has had his left hand involved at various times in some of his nation’s most infamous acts of blasphemy like HORNA, BEHEXEN and of course SATANIC WARMASTER as well as some others. His own one man project, BAPTISM, has sporadically put out some decent hellfire over the past decade as well. While most fans are now spinning the Grim Arts double LP reissue but waiting for their house to empty so they can pry up the floor boards in order to pull out their copies of The Beherial Midnight and really conjure up the evil. Lord S. has offered up a rarity teaser of what should be part of his next full length. Since he’s taking BAPTISM on the road this summer, aka: Lord Sargofagian and his uber evil live session musician friends, I’m guessing the material to fill up a full length release is not finished as of yet. So if you’re not a collector of the kvlt then you might wanna wait it out. Chalice of Death is just two cuts with the title song and “The Crown of Darkness” on the flip. Both cuts show Lord S. is still following the more melodious black metal path albeit harsher than most in this vein. Both cuts are similar in that they open with the sheer force of concentrated might but then creep off into blood curdling murk.