Sulphuric Night – Forever Cursed
Label: Altare Productions / Black Gangrene Productions
In today’s metal scene there is main-stream Black Metal and underground Black Metal movements. But there is one structure that exist even below underground Black Metal, that is totally unknown sphere of that sub genre that is producing some of really good bands out there. One of those bands certainly is Sulphuric Night from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
For sure, on the internet you will find materials of this band, but nothing besides that. No member names, no locations of members, nothing. But than, on the other hand, isn’t that the most important stuff what Black Metal brought to us? Of course it is. And this band put their emphasis on the sound, not on other possibly-related things.
Probably the most important part of this black metal’s sub genre beside the sound is an atmosphere. This is not ordinary atmospheric black metal or some depressive slow music. Atmosphere from this material will place you at the edge of your seat with it’s darkness and ominous tunes.
When it comes to guitar work on “Forever Cursed” album, in some segments it reminds me on Mgła’s “With Hearts Toward None”, but do not made a misinterpretation here. This material is not some copy-cat job, here we deal with serious black metal art in it’s primordial shape. Riffs that going through the passages that will stuck instantly into your memory.
Drumming in Sulphuric Night perfectly fits into overall atmosphere and guitar leading. It took the role of rhythmic support and made it effective. Mid-tempo mixed with somewhere slow-paced tempo suits to this album like peas in a pod.
Vocals and voices on this one, oh man; what a blast. They are going from tortured-like screams to some clean and narrative parts where you can hear that vocals really pushing an atmosphere on the another, higher level.
Also I need to mention production of the whole material. If you are expecting some Dimmu Borgir-a-like production with crystal clean sound, go back. This full-length is enriched with production that has been in use in first half of a (golden) nineties. You can hear every damn beat but it all working under the service of gloomy and deathish atmosphere.
Sulphuric Night is a perfect example that obscure and not so black metal countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina can produce some seriously good work inspired with death, rotting, misanthropy and night.