This is a pretty straightforward album that showcases what can best be described as melodic grindcore. There are sudden tempo changes and the band sounds good whether playing slow or fast.
The vocalist Sylvian Houde keeps listeners of balance with his screaming, grunting, and gasping. At times he doesnt stay in pace with the band. This actually works in their favour by making the band sound frenetic or "crazy". The band are tight, they play grindcore as if they were a progressive rock band.
To me this is 5 star album. I think allmusicguide need to put it in their rock cannon alongside Led Zepplin's Houses of The Holy. But objectively I guess I'd rate it a 4 stars. A little note about the 3 different pressings of this album that I am aware of: Sorcery/Mystical Gate combines their first ep/demo with their first album release. This was first released in Germany in 1998 on Nuclear Blast. It was then released in Russia in 2003 on a label called Irond, and...
Remember when this was Kataklysm???
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