Having summoned their first demo in 1997, Spain’s Spellcraft earned a deserved reputation for their dark art early on. That demo, Funeral in the Night, as well as 2002’s The SoulDevourer demo, has been resurrected as Infernal Demos Revelation — ten rituals spread over nearly fifty minutes of black agony and unholy hatred for all things pious and Christ-like.
Opening with a rather boring and short-lived piano/keyboard introduction, Infernal Demos Revelations unleashes five tracks from Funeral . . . , quickly slaughtering the cheap theatrics with a furious maelstrom of dark winds and black flames. The title track for this particular group of songs, Funeral in the Night, moves with ease between passages like a knife-wielding shadow. One of the most impressive aspects of Spellcraft is the diversity of their vocalist, Midgard. Dark Paradise showcases not only his raspy ‘serpent-call’ but also an impressive ‘death-growl’ which thunders forth as a storm raging across a darkened sea. Although it closes with another unnecessary keyboard-laden instrumental track, Funeral in the Night displays Spellcraft‘s innate sense of songwriting, diversity with instrumentation, and has doubtless made many maniacs eager for their next release.
The SoulDevourer, 2002’s blasphemous battle, opens immediatly with an onslaught of black curses thrown without mercy! No fancy keyboards, no introspection, no fair trial — the listener is sent straight to the gallows with Red Frost, a six minute track that again showcases Spellcraft‘s sense of song, with a simple but effective bridge filled with clean guitar and eerie vocals. The production on The SoulDevourer is not only a touch better as far as mixing is concerned but also is noticeably louder thanks to mastering by Tailor Made, both of which really help to further the style of music therein. The Spellcraft vision was not lost in the five years between releases; the rituals here are a natural progression from Funeral . . ., offering more of what makes them good and less of what doesn’t. The seven-plus-minute Nights of Stardust and Mooneyes flawlessly closes the circle with a spell that leaves the air sizzling with dark energy and your head spinning from an unseen force just beyond your blurred vision.
I regret not reviewing this release earlier. Spellcraft have a sound that is true to the genre of Black Metal and yet keep it uniquely their own, no matter how cliched that may sound. Don’t hesitate to hear what Spellcraft has to offer!
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