Sahg – III   Leave a comment

Sahg from Norway are a interesting band who have a interesting career so far, how many bands do you know that play metal that incorporates Thrash Metal, N.W.O.B.H.M, Stoner Metal and Traditional Doom Metal and yet still get the “doom” tag, Sahg are much more than just a doom band. They are also much bigger than anyone in the west knows or understands, they have had albums reached the mainstream album charts, had big articles written about in the mainstream press and yet still remain very underground outside of Norway and surrounding countries. Three albums into their career and the band seems to be getting better and better and this new one with the imaginative title “Sahg 3” sees them heading in a more traditional Heavy Metal direction while still keeping traces of their original sound intact.

3 is a logical continuation from their previous works but with a twist, they bring in a more straight-forward Heavy Metal approach and there is also some psychedelic elements that seem more prominent in this album. Sahg have always taken a lot of influence from 70’s Hard Rock, everything from Sabbath to Priest to early 70’s Prog-Rock comes into the picture on all their albums but this one especially they put those influences to good use. No one could call them original but they do have a accurate, precise way of writing songs while avoiding a set formula. This is a mixed bag of a album though, I am sorry to say, while there is some great songs like “Burden” that has a Deep Purple kind of vibe about it. “Downward Spiral” which is a fast and chunky Sabbathian kind of rocker, “Spiritual Void”, my personal favorite on the album brings in some Funeral Doom elements. You also have the very Judas Priest sounding “Denier”, the priest influence isn’t that obvious but it is there in the riffing.

“Baptism Of Fire” and “Mother’s Revenge” are both Sahg at their very best and very much in the Black Sabbath mold but great. “Hollow Mountain” is atmospheric along with “Spiritual Void” and this where Sahg seem to be at their peak as when they do the more standard metal numbers, its a bit of a case of heard it all before and done much better than this. Vocalist and guitarist Olav Iversen still has that “Ozzy” type of wailing vocals and he is a great, very accomplished singer and front-man and is a important key to the bands sound. The rest of the band are made up of very good musicians that have all their chops down and there is plenty of great hooks to be heard but its just a little predictable at the end of the day despite some standout tracks. Its seems a little unbalanced with the good songs blowing away the weaker ones although there is nothing bad on the album, just a bit ordinary but like I have already pointed out, they are getting better all the time and this is their most complete album thus far so I can’t complain too much. If you like good solid metal with a bit of variety then you should dig this, some of the monstrous riffs and wailing vocals really capture your attention. 7/10
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Posted September 2, 2010 by doommantia in Sahg

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