Sacrilegium are a band from Poland that played an atmospheric form of pagan/black metal and this is a review of their 1996 album "Wicher" which will be re-issued by Pagan Records in March on vinyl.
Nature sounds along with some atmospheric elements and spoken word parts and after a minute melodic guitar leads become a huge part of the recording before going into a very fast and atmospheric epic black metal direction which also utilizes blast beats and the screams sound very grim and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some of the tracks use spoken word parts and the faster sections have a very raw feeling ans one of the later tracks also brings in a brief use of melodic chants and the keyboards also have a symphonic feeling to them without falling into the mainstream trappings that later bands fell into. and on a later song a brief use of acoustic guitars are added into the music on a couple of tracks as well as one instrumental before returning back to a heavier direction and the bonus track also adds in clean singing pagan vocals.
Sacrilegium played a very raw, melodic and epic keyboard orientated form of black metal for their time and had more of an underground approach to this instrument than the alter bands that came out in the following years, the production sound s very raw and heavy while the lyrics are written in Polish and cover Slavic Paganism.
In my opinion Sacrilegium where a very great sounding atmospheric, keyboard orientated pagan/black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Spiew Krukow Czamych Cieni" "W Rogatym Majestacie Snu" and "Wicher Falami Ognia". 8 out of 10.