The Promise of Plague – Sleepwalking into Armageddon (Review)

The Promise of PlagueThe Promise of Plague are an industrial black metal band from the US. This is their debut release.

Featuring members of Fatal Step, Astrum, Empyrean Asunder and the mighty Abominant, here we have 16 minutes of raw black metal with industrial/modern influences that place it somewhere between the underground and a more accessible area; not quite polished and commercial, but potentially getting there.

The music is strongly enhanced by keyboards and effects, with vocals consisting of both male and female singers that shout, scream and sing over the urbanised nightmare soundscapes that the band create. The female singer is particularly noteworthy for the character of her vocals and her performance overall.

A lot of the time in things like this the industrial/electronic aspects can just sound tacked on, but on Sleepwalking into Armageddon I like how they’re interleaved with the music to create something that can alternate between heavy and nasty, moody and tense, upbeat and energetic, or atmospheric and uplifting.

There’s also elements of the Gothic style in this, as well as some more modern influences that bring a contemporary edge to the blackened industrial songs. For reference points, this is an interesting cross between early Aborym, Cradle of Filth, Theatre of Tragedy and Deathstars.

Very nice. I hope that they further develop their sound, keeping their raw edge; doing this should see them progress quite nicely and hopefully pull off a very enjoyable debut album.

For the moment though, Sleepwalking into Armageddon is well worth a listen – make sure that you do this.

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