Vorkreist - Sigil Whore ChristVorkreist are yet another extreme metal band from France, in this case a black metal band with death metal overtones. I have to say, over the years there has been some significantly talented bands coming out of the country. Whatever they are putting in the water over there, they certainly need to continue so that they can keep on unleashing such bands on an unsuspecting metalhead public.

The band has been around since 2001, and are one of the more recent additions to the scene, releasing a demo, and three albums – although their first album was a dumb squib, I’m lead to believe. Not so, with their most current release ‘Sigil Whore Christ’, due for release on the 24th April in Europe, and 22nd May in North America.

Immediately, the opening track ‘De Imitatione Christi’ leaps from the speakers and assaults the listener with a singular, charging juggernaut of a riff that sounds as if it had come from Kerry King‘s sound bin , with a vocal style reminiscent of Carpathian Forest and Darkthrone and is a very pleasing black metal chuggathon. ‘Maledicite’ starts with chanted vocals that reminding me of Glen Benton, and a thundering guitar style that reminds me of Morbid Angel if it was squeezed through a specially patented black metal filter combined with vocals that morphs back into a Darkthrone style.

‘Deus Vult’, continues in a similar vein; while ‘Dominus Illuminato Mea’ has an impressive chugging motif reminding me of riffs that might found from the sound bin of Death‘s ‘Human’ album, with a scraping, whaling solo underpinned by thundering bass chug half way into the track ending with a menacing dual vocal chant. ‘Memento Mori’ ducks and dives, sounding as if it has been dragged to hell and back before thundering on into a full on chugging assault and then dragging through the mire, sonically teasing the listener. ‘Ecce Homo’ continues the thundering assault once more, with slow scraping guitar passages to add some dark and light (or should that be black and blackness?) to the track.’Per Aspera Ad Astra’ is the shortest track of the album which pummels the listener and then leaves in the blink of an eye, while ‘Ad Nauseum’ contains a spiralling methodical style with poly-rthymic drumming in places. ‘Scalae Gemoniae’ begins with a a curiously thrash sounding riff mixed with a Satyricon flavour and thunders along rather nicely, with varying twists and hooks that drag the listener into the sonic assault.

To conclude, Vorkreist are a fairly decent black metal band. Like many other bands, there is a playing style that is clearly influenced by the bigger black metal fish that inhabit the inky voids and deep waters of the River Styx; but in my opinion they scrape by to avoid their album becoming a frisbee, or drinks coaster, They’re certainly worth a listen and have made a competent album, with some excellent tracks that stand head and shoulders above the rest (‘De Imitatione Christi’ and ‘ Dominus Illuminato Mea’ immediately spring to mind). To be honest, an EP containing half of the tracks would have gained a higher rating in my book,

Put it this way, if they were a support band to something much bigger I would stay it’s worth sticking around, rather than scurrying off for a beer.

Vorkreist – Official Website