Draconis Infernum [Singapore]
The Sacrilegious Eradication
In just their last 2 albums, Singapore’s black metal band Draconis Infernum has seen quite a radical shift in their sound (and lineup), from the in-your-face and relentless Death In My Veins to the bleaker sound on The Rites of Desecration and Demise. This year sees the band returning with their third full length album, The Sacrilegious Eradication, with yet another shift in lineup, boasting Profanator aka Matt Crosshingham of Belligerent Intent and Cemetery Urn fame in the battery department, promising fans of intense, brutal death metal a nice treat.
Kicking off the album with Into the Darkness, Draconis Infernum sets up a grim and haunting mood for the listener, as the lone lead guitar and the doom pace brings one right to the midst of a funeral march, before letting all hell break loose with The Blasphemous Wrath. The very first thing that hit me with The Sacrilegious Eradication is in the increased intensity due to Profanator’s relentless and merciless punishment of the skins, adding a very nice brutal touch to the album with the consistency and at times, complexity that he exudes with his drumming style.
Also, compared to Death in My Veins or Rites of Desecration and Demise, Draconis Infernum displays more diverse songwriting styles on The Sacrilegious Eradication as well, from the rather atmospheric, desperate Finnish style of bands such as Horna and Sargeist to the more entrancing, ritualistic style of bands like Inquisition on songs like The Dying Light, yet keeping the aggression of Swedish bands such as Marduk and Dark Funeral. The band also indulges in what has now become their trademark sound of Niloc’s blues-inspired lead guitars. But on top of that the band explores their Eastern heritage as well, evident from the numerous lead spots that are on the album, such as the one on The Blasphemous Wrath that bring in a slight Sabbat-ish vibe.
As an additional treat to fans of black metal, the band has also included brutalised covers of Impiety‘s Anal Madonna and Urgehal‘s We Are Unholy, a fitting tribute to the late Trondr Nefas.
The whole host of influences that have gone into the melting pot, along with the high quality songwriting this time displays the maturation that the band has gone through over the last 9 years and 3 albums.