Sovereign – Spirit Warfare: Demo MMXVII (Review)

SovereignThis is the latest demo release from US black metallers Sovereign.

It’s hard not to be impressed with black metal that’s played as authentically and as passionately as this so obviously is.

The follow up to 2014’s extremely enjoyable debut album Nailing Shut the Sacrosanct Orifice, this latest demo is ugly, raw, and full of the kind of twisted, corrupted black metal that’s hard to ignore.

The songs are wrapped in a near-impenetrable spiked blackened fuzz, one that threatens to disembowel anyone foolish enough to get too close. In fact, these songs sound like the band logo looks on the cover. Approach with caution, this is only for true believers.

With venomous delivery and furious, devout adherence to blackened intensity and aesthetics, this short release is a red-hot ball of occult misanthropy and malignant hatred.

I really, really enjoyed this. At 14 minutes in length and featuring two songs and an outro, it’s long enough to get a tantalising glimpse of this talented band at work doing what they do best, but short enough to leave you firmly wanting more and eager for their next move.

For fans of the underground, this is pretty much an essential listen.

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