Give me one good reason why I shouldn’t compare “Thy Kingdom” to a sedated NAGLFAR performance and I’ll run naked across Europe. Jokes aside, SANCTIMONIOUS ORDER hail from Germany and this is their debut album after releasing two 7’s (one split with ISEGRIM) and one EP since 1999. Formed back in 1997, it has taken the trio nearly seven years or so to land on the official Metal fields, hard work pays off in the end they say.
For a first full-length effort this is average quality Black Metal, part first generation, part second generation, there’s massive amounts of grim atmospheric riffs and sinister melodies ala NAGLFAR, THRONE OF AHAZ and DISSECTION entwined with basic and (very) subtle keyboards, traditional drumming and well hidden, yet audible bass lines, sounds good doesn’t it? It would’ve been if I hadn’t lost the count of bands that are playing the exact same style being practised on this CD.
You know the scenario by now, the execution is good (minus the vocals, sounds like he’s tired or something), the atmosphere is as it should be, evil and grey fogged but the original part is missing and I would have loved to have more variation shoved up my face. Although I love the epic guitars on “Into Dark” doesn’t change the fact that “Thy Kingdom” is a safe album, every track is based on the same formula, which gives it a sleepy character after three songs or so.
The mentioning of NAGLFAR at the introduction wasn’t just a joke, S.O. are so close in capturing that sadistic and hateful sound of the Swedes, the only thing separating the two are the tempos and the sound wall. You’ll find some fast sections here and there but the rhythms are simpler and more mid paced. As for the sound, for all I know, and I don’t mean to be rude, they could have borrowed the unmixed version of the sound used on “Sheol”.
You’ve heard this somewhere before I’m sure, but if you want more of the same thing over again, here’s just under forty minutes of Black Metal by the book, enjoy. (Online December 8, 2004)