The Art Of Decay (marbled)
Imagine an unruly child of dark mid-tempo doom and gothic metal, bringing together the best of both worlds in a way that is emotionally touching without losing its (heavy) drive. If you try, you might end up hearing SACRIFIRE. With members of Disbelief, Dcembre Noir, Warpath, Soul Demise and Detraktor, fans can definitely expect high quality metal, nonetheless one would not necessarily foresee the stylistic direction of SACRIFIRE - keeping the beforementioned bands in mind. Their self-titled EP from 2020 already gave a first impression of their style that harkens back to the heyday of bands like Paradise Lost or Type O Negative, added by a unique flavor and a sound that allows all musical ingredients to shine: the powerful guitar work, the pounding rhythms as well as the low vocals that oscillates between expressive cleans and aggressive shouts. "The Art Of Decay" is like a musical ride through different fields. While tracks like As If You Never Existed or In The Arms Of Morpheus are more rooted in gothic rock, you can definitely hear death metal roaring through the riffs in If They Could Speak, Remembrance and The Search. And if this wasnt already a rich variety in itself, one can find a dense atmosphere in the more experimental My Sanctuary and Pain Of Deception. It must be said that SACRIFIRE manage to combine all these elements into a cohesive whole.