Hailing from Austin, Texas in the good old United States of America, SIGIL are a death metal collective, prepared to unveil their debut album, “Kingdom of the Grave“, on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions on April 7th.
SIGIL don’t provide much to the table with this instalment, and it feels like the same ghost, constantly trying to spook everyone and it’s just not scary and intimidating anymore. It needs revitalising, it needs a more enigmatic feel and desires more energy and care.
It all feels very safe, conventional and the motifs are extremely typical of the genre. Death… Hate… Hell… Blegh. Wash the taste out of your mouth.
The drums are the most life saving thing, displaying a great deal of technical execution. Despite these attempts it doesn’t stop songs such as “Summoning Hate” from being nothing short of stereotypical. It feels bland, it doesn’t move the audience in any sense, it just hits the ear drums in a brash and unsatisfying matter.
There are plenty of Death Metal acts out their, and sadly, SIGIL aren’t meeting the standard being set by other notable bands such as Slaughter To Prevail and Thy Art Is Murder etc.
For a debut, it feels like this band still need to find their feet, and take some time to revise their sound and ensure they leave a stronger imprint on their fan base. Because the potential is deep within somewhere. They just need to find a trigger to give them the momentum and inspiration they need to not be the same dilute death metal band.
Kingdom of the Grave needs a heavy revision and some reflection needs to be taken to ensure their sophomore release doesn't fall into the trap of staying conventional and genre safe.