Bastard Sapling is an American Black Metal band formed in the year 2007 in Richmond, Virginia, to play, in their words, cold, no bullshit, vintage Black Metal. Their lyrics cover aspects such as despair, hatred of mankind, nature and loss and, so far, one demo, one EP and two full-length albums, the latest being “Instinct Is Forever”, the band’s sophomore released in 2014 and that I will share my thoughts with you.
First of all, I have to mention that this band has clearly evolved since its last work, not that the début full-length album was unsatisfactory, not at all in my modest view, but I truly believe that they have progressed in their skills immensely since the release of “Dragged from Our Restless Trance”. It’s also very interesting to see how the songs are very coherent, elegant and epic. The songs are long, but never, not even for a single moment boring, you won’t look at the display and think, “man, how long until this song finishes?” No, I don’t think so. This album is indeed a superb example of how you can compose old-school music, but still be creative and different. I can also add the following adjectives to this magnificent album: emotional, imaginative, technical and an ecstasy to the ears.
As for the music, it’s very fresh, melodic, atmospheric and yet powerful. The whole instrumentation of the album sounds, in my humble opinion, stunning. You can hear many Swedish Black Metal influences, only the best of them, but, as I always like to point out, I’m talking about influences and not music “cloning”. There are some effects that are used to make the album sound more eerie, but nothing that sounds cheesy. While I’m typing this review, I’m listening to the album again and, my cherished readers, the guitars are so freaking amazing, everything is, but I’m just in love with the guitar playing in “Instinct Is Forever”. To break the whole brutality one instrumental track that sounds beautiful and relaxing. All in all, an album that deserves your attention.
And last, but not least, the album’s production, a fine work in my opinion. All instruments are clearly audible, the same with vocals, all very well balanced and mixed. My friends, this album is one hell of a work and I hope and ask you to check out “Instinct Is Forever” and I also sincerely hope that you enjoy the music presented in the album. If you do, please, support the band the way that is possible for you. Buying the album is utterly important, but, if you can’t spend any money now, spread the word about it, about the band, whatever you believe will give some more support to “Bastard Sapling”.
Band: Bastard Sapling
Album: Instinct Is Forever (2014)
Label: Forcefield Records
1. My Spine Will Be My Noose
2. Subterranean Rivers of Blood
3. The Opal Chamber
5. The Killer in Us All
6. Splintering Ouroboros
7. Lantern at the End of Time
8. Every Life Thrown to the Eclipse
9. Forbidden Sorrow
Bastard Sapling is:
Trey Dalton – Bass
Elway – Drums
Drew Goldi – Guitars
Steven Russell – Guitars
Mike Paparo – Vocals
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bastardsapling
All photos belong to their rightful owners.January 13, 2015