Iugulatus are a band from Poland that plays a very satanic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2012 album "Satanic Pride" which was released by The End Of Times Records.
Grim black metal screams start off the album before the band goes into a more heavy and melodic direction along with some screams that go more into a high pitched mode and the band also brings in faster elements and the music has an old school feeling that is updated for the more modern era.
On one of the tracks a brief use of spoken word ritualistic parts are brought onto the album before the band goes into a very fast satanic black metal assault along with some blast beats before bringing in a mixture of both slow and fast parts and the music never loses its melodic touch on any of the songs and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
As the album progresses the vocals get a little bit deeper in certain sections of the recording and the band also adds in a small amount of death metal elements while the main focus is still on a melodic satanic black metal sound which also brings in a Swedish and French orthodox sound at times, once guitar leads are added onto the album they enhance the melodic and fast parts of the recording and they are not utilized on a regular basis, on the last couple minutes of the album the music gets a little bit more atmospheric and you can also hear some melodic chanting being utilized in the background.
Iugulatus show a great amount of talent and skill with their ability to mix fast, slow and melodic black metal together along with a great amount of epic structures being added into the guitar riffing as well as mixing elements of both the modern and old school black metal genres, the production sounds very dark and powerful and the lyrics cover Satanism, J.R.R Tolkien, Black Magick, and Necromancy themes.
In my opinion Iugulatus are a very great sounding satanic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Chaos Invocation" and "Demon Lust". 8 out of 10.