Sarpa is a solo project from Texas that plays a style of black metal that mixes in elements of death, thrash metal, progressive rock, acoustics and Afro/Latin rhythms and this is a review of his self released 2020 album "Solivagus" which will be released in June.
Tribal sounding drum beats start off the album before going into a heavier direction before going into a heavier musical direction. Death metal growls and angry shouting vocals are also utilized at times while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of brutal sounding blast beats.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while the vocals also mix in a great amount of grim black metal screams. Dark sounding melodies can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing along with some of the tracks also being very long and epic in length.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast pasts along with some keyboards also being used briefly. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very dark yet old school style as well as having their melodic moments and clean vocals can also be heard in the background briefly
Acoustic guitars are also added on a couple of tracks as well as some Afro/Latin rhythms being utilized at times which also gives the music more of a Voodoo/Santeria atmosphere. Elements of thrash metal can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing as well as the riffs also adding in a small amount of melody at times as well as the music also having its progressive moments, spoken word parts can also be heard briefly on the closing track. The production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover the audible laws of physics.
In my opinion Sarpa are a very great sounding progressive mixture of black and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Triad Of Might" and "Horizons Worlds Beyond". 8/3 out of 10.