Sidious - Ascension to the Throne ov Self (Kaotoxin Records)

Melodic Black or Brutal Death Metal?
Release Date: 
7 May 2013 - 12:30pm

Sidious is a rad young black metal band from the UK… Or should I call them death metal?

The point of this rhetorical question is that they are the most perfect crossover between melodic black metal and brutal death metal: think about Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth and the brutality of Behemoth and you’ll get the whole picture. 

Unfortunately for us this is just an 18-minute EP with only 4 tracks, so let’s plunge into them:

The first one, Insurmountable Mass,  starts with keyboards in the best melodic black metal way, but substantially it gives place to heavier sounds and ultra fast blast beats. It's a must-have exemplar of all that is good in modern-day metal.

The second track, called Sentient Race is not different in the formula, only it is heavier and the keyboard is somewhat in the background to create a macabre climate.

The vocals are mostly guttural, but with that kind of harsh duet that puts it in the middle of the death/black camps.

Nihilistic Regeneration is even more exciting with lots of passages alternating heavy riffage, lots of drum fills and keyboards. But if you’re not that keen on keyboards they start to die out as the time passes.

Last track Ascension to the Throne ov Self is even more disgraceful, resembling Krisiun blended with Dimmu Borgir and Hate. It’s a strike from beyond, and it’s impossible to dislike it as the quality of the musicianship is over the top.

This EP is a perfect presentation of a band to its fans. Do you want quality above all? Sidious is the answer.