Sovereign are a band from the United States that plays a very raw, satanic and occult form of black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Nailing Shut The Sacrosanct Orifice" which will be released in February on cassette by Broken Limbs.
A very distorted sound starts off the album and after the intro the music goes into more of a heavy, fast and raw black metal direction that uses blast beats and high pitched screams that also get more depressive and suicidal on later tracks along with a good dose of death metal elements and the music also brings in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Melodic guitar leads can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and the guitar riffing also uses a decent amount of melody and a few tracks are also long and epic in length and you can hear a great dose of old school black metal elements throughout the recording while the band also brings in quite a bit of the modern occult sound and as the album progresses clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording along with a brief instrumental while the main focus remains more on a heavy and raw style of black metal.
Sovereign plays a style of black metal that is very dark, melancholic, fast and raw sounding and also brings in a touch of death metal in the true U.S tradition, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Anti Cosmic Satanism, Occultism, Death, Hate and Suicide.
In my opinion Sovereign are a very great sounding raw, melancholic, satanic and occult black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this cassette. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Orbiting Lunar Curse" "Sulfur's Cross" "Bared Teeth Of The Fog" and "Nailing Shut the Sacrosanct orifice". 8 out of 10.