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Sarpa – Solivagus – Album Review

The wanderer returns.....

Sarpa is a stunning extreme metal act from the blackened depths of Austin, Texas and Solivagus is their first release. It’s also one a hell of a debut that goes beyond the confines of black and death metal to encompass all kinds of musical influences including progressive rock and folk. Sarpa’s sole member is multi-instrumentalist David Baxter (drummer for Texan black metal band Plutonian Shore) and with Solivagus he’s unleashed a 7-song, 49-minute epic journey of intense and melodic musical madness.

Solivagus is an album that’s steeped in all the elements that make a great extreme metal opus – there’s loads of guitar melody, tons of great drumming and blastbeats, odd time signatures, different vocal styles and plenty of raging violence. Even with only 7 songs, Sarpa’s epic ruminations require repeated listenings to fully grasp their musical complexity. It’s a dizzying and rewarding journey through all manner of metal territories with the complexity of progressive rock and the extremity of a band like fellow Texas luminaries ABSU.

Over the course of two years, David Baxter recorded Solivagus (a Latin word for wanderer) at a number of different studios around Austin, Texas and he’s clearly a man who understands the art of extreme music from the inside out. Sarpa self-released this epic masterpiece and we can only hope the album receives the recognition it so richly deserves. 9/10

Nip over to bandcamp and grab a copy!

About Paul Lee (7 Articles)
Paul has been a extreme music fanatic since he first discovered a cassette called Axe Attack back in England the 80s. Though he grew up in Boston, Paul has written about the global metal scene and has lived from the Northeast to the Southwest of the U.S. and everywhere in between.

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