Sacrilegium are a band from Poland that has been featured before in this zine and plays a pagan form of black metal and this is a review of their 1994 demo "Sleeptime" which was re-issued in 2015 by Witching Hour Productions.
A very dark and ritualistic sound starts off the album along with some tribal and shamanistic drum beats a few seconds later and you can also hear folk instruments being utilized in the background and on the second track the music gets more heavy and faster and also goes into more of a raw black metal direction that also uses a great amount of blast beats.
Vocals are perfectly balanced between grim and high pitched screams and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as adding in dark sounding melodies at times and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and when spoken word parts are utilized they give the songs more of a ritualistic feeling and as the album progesses keyboards can be heard briefly.
Sacrilegium had more of a raw style of black metal in the early days and focused a lot less on keyboards which where more dominant on later, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Slavic Paganism, Darkness and Nature themes.
In my opinion this was another great sounding recording from Sacrilegium and if you are a fan of pagan black metal, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Empty Side Of Soul" and "Darkness". 8 out of 10.