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What's all the fuss?,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Book (Audio CD)
I remember listening to this album back when it was released and wondering what all the fuss was about. Sarcofago were meant to be extremely satanic and musically heavy. Well on hearing "The Laws of Scourge" again recently (I found an old tape copy) I would have to ask what was all the hype about? Lyrically it doesn't really delve into Satanism at all. The most reprehensible track lyrically is undoubtedly "Little Julie", but songs such as "Midnight Queen" (a paen to a dead prostitute) and Piercings (based on a Brazilian serial killer) really don't seem that..well..evil. Even "The Black Vomit" is hardly overtly Satanic or brutally uncompromising.
On a musical level Lamournier and Jhasco are excellent guitarists whose solos are interesting and not just bog standard. Lamourniers vocals are not great but when playing this type of music that is probably not necessary. Not as heavy as Sepultura circa "Morbid Visions", but then Sarcofago did add more elements of punk into the mix.
This album, I've been told, was a more commercial release by the band. Possibly Lamourniers attempt to cash in on his old bands (Sepultura)back to back successes with "Beneath the Remains" and "Arise". It didn't succeed and the reason is simple. It sounds like nothing more than watered down Sepultura.
Nothing more than a curio for metal fans.