Sarke are a band from Norway that plays a raw mixture of black and thrash metal along with some elements of punk, doom, atmospheric and technical metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Bogefod" which will be rleeased in February by Indie Recordings.
A very dark and heavy Norwegian black metal sound starts off the album along with some melodic riffing and grim screams and the riffs also bring in a great amount of thrash elements while the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody and the music has more of a raw feeling when the music speeds up.
Blast beats can be heard quite a bit in the faster sections of the music and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the slower riffs in the tracks bring in a very heavy doom metal influence and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording.
As the album progresses classical guitars can be heard in certain sections of the music along with some atmospheric sounds and synths being added into certain sections of the recording along with the vocals also adding in a touch of first wave black metal, while later tracks add in a touch of punk and some of the riff also start getting more technical while a different song also brings in operatic female vocals.
Sarke plays a musical style that takes the traditional Norwegian style of black metal and mixes it with thrash and doom metal along with some technical riffing to update the genre for modern days, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics are based on Norse classic "Eyrbyggia Saga".
In my opinion Sarke are a very great sounding mixture of raw Norwegian black metal, doom and thrash and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Blood Of Men" "The Wicked's Transient Sleep" "Dawning" and "Sunken". 8 out of 10.