||This is some very grim, majestic, and atmospheric
black metal! Sear
Bliss' fifth opus, "Glory and Perdition", are seemingly
at their utmost musically and lyrically to date. This Hungarian quintet
have managed to bind together elements of Mayhem, Ancient, and Summoning
with a sound that is of their own craftiness. The vocals remind me
a lot of older Mayhem with a sorta old-Tiamat mold. Musically, I have
to say the uniqueness is definitely there with tremendous guitar and
drum work. The keyboards stand out as the most unique, however. You'll
find that Sear Bliss will stand out due to their very ghastly and
majestic use of the trumpet effect, alongside the usual black metal
keyboards - which are very ethereal. A more "raw" feel is
evident on tracks like "Glory to Perdition" and "Two
Worlds Collide", while a more atmospheric feel can be found on
tracks like "Blood Serenade" and "Night Journey".
All of the songs have both, but these are mere contrasts of Sear Bliss'
musical repertoire. This album isn't flawless, but I am very impressed
with this dark/black metal approach! This is a bit different and if
you're open to any "uniqueness", you may find yourself quite
amazed with Sear Bliss.....
Reviewed By: Thomas