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Sacral Rage: Beyond Celestial Echoes
Sacral Rage - Beyond Celestial Echoes Music Review

Sacral Rage: Beyond Celestial Echoes

Heavy/Thrash/Power Metal
4.0/5.0

Finding success with their 2013 debut album Illusions In Infinite Void, Greek metallers Sacral Rage hit the road in support of it. Wandering across the countries of Europe, the band found their fans to be both appreciate and enthusiastic. Now the Athenian band has returned from the studio to present their sophomore follow-up, Beyond Celestial Echoes, once more via Cruz Del Sur music.

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Also, once more, Sacral Rage returns to their interesting hybrid of heavy metal. The foursome blends elements of traditional "keep it true" metal, thrash, and power metal, and then wraps it in sci-fi allusions. You got to admit, if anything, Beyond Celestial Echoes is a clever title, perhaps reminding some of a Rush album.

Other Sacral Rage elements also return. One is simply vocalist Dimitris Kartaloglou crazy stylistic range which traverses melodic clean singing to screech screamo. Another fine Sacral Rage component is the ambitious and creative song arrangements which mix riffs and solos, groove and speed, with moderately technical metal mayhem and magic. In other words, the band tries to keep you on your listening toes by keeping you guessing what comes next.

Some might say Sacral Rage is venturing more towards technical thrash/power metal, and they may be right. Suspend Privileges is a sound example. Right from the start, you're visited by twists in rhythm, groove, and spastic riffs, only to find some brief jazzy metal fusion before the two minute mark. But the featured prog adventure is likely The Glass, a mammoth 15 minute extravaganza where Sacral Rage pulls out all their metal tricks from their musical magic bag. In the end, with any Sacral Rage song, along with the increasing song intrigue, I've always enjoyed Marios Petropoulos stunning guitar work. Dimitris Kartaloglou's voice, not so much. He weirds out too much for me. Nevertheless, as mentioned earlier, Beyond Celestial Echoes finds Sacral Rage pushing their musical boundaries and creativity with a more technical hybrid of classic heavy, thrash, and power metal. Recommended.


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Beyond Celestial Echoes finds Sacral Rage pushing their musical boundaries and creativity with a more technical hybrid of classic heavy, thrash, and power metal. Recommended.

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