Reviewer: Greg Watson
'Shurpu' by Sar Isatum is a White Walker chasing you to The Wall kind of album. The frostiness and chill that this album gives off is magnificent. I can hear lots of influences throughout the album but the one that stands out strongest to me is Dimmu Borgir. You remember Dimmu, they used to play black metal back in the day. Well, Sar Isatum definitely has the ability to play quality black metal down and they do it while keeping the keyboards and symphonic elements to a barely noticeable whisper. The band's songwriting ability is masterful, as each song is well crafted, well-thoughtout and expertly played. The craziest thing about Sar Isatum is that they are unsigned! How in the hell this band is unsigned is beyond my comprehension but after listening to 'Shurpu', I expect that might change. Either way, this is hands down my favorite black metal album of 2017 and one that you have got to check out.
About this Writer:Greg Watson
// Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.