SARGEIST

Black Metal • Finland
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A Finnish black metal band formed in 1999 as a solo project of Shatraug.

The current line-up is: Shatraug - Guitars (Horna) Hoath Torog - Vocals (Behexen) Horns - Drums (Behexen)

The lyrical content and theme is centered mainly on depression, misanthropy, nihilism and satanism.

The word "Sargeist" is a combination of the two German words "sarg" (coffin) and "geist" (spirit). The name comes from the Rotting Christ song "The Old Coffin Spirit".

From the official Sargeist website- 'SARGEIST was born during the summer of diabolical holocaust 1999 as a clandestine solo project of Shatraug. First offering was captured at the Ruins of Cachtice entirely performed by Shatraug himself. In the year 2000 Lord Volos, the ex-drummer of BLUTRACHE, joined Shatraug and the first ritual was re-assembled. Both manifestations were released on Shatraug´s label Warmoon Records in a limited edition of 111 copies. In 2001 SARGEIST was enforced
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SARGEIST albums / top albums

SARGEIST Satanic Black Devotion album cover 4.30 | 5 ratings
Satanic Black Devotion
Black Metal 2003
SARGEIST Disciple of the Heinous Path album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Disciple of the Heinous Path
Black Metal 2005
SARGEIST Let the Devil In album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Let the Devil In
Black Metal 2010
SARGEIST Feeding the Crawling Shadows album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Feeding the Crawling Shadows
Black Metal 2014
SARGEIST Unbound album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Unbound
Black Metal 2018

SARGEIST EPs & splits

SARGEIST Merrimack / Sargeist album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Merrimack / Sargeist
Black Metal 2002
SARGEIST In Ruin & Despair / To the Lord of Our Lives album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Ruin & Despair / To the Lord of Our Lives
Black Metal 2004
SARGEIST Sargeist / Temple of Baal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sargeist / Temple of Baal
Black Metal 2004
SARGEIST Sargeist / Funeral Elegy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sargeist / Funeral Elegy
Black Metal 2004
SARGEIST Sargeist / Bahimiron album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sargeist / Bahimiron
Black Metal 2006
SARGEIST The Dark Embrace album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Dark Embrace
Black Metal 2008
SARGEIST Crimson Wine / As the Blood Flows On... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Crimson Wine / As the Blood Flows On...
Black Metal 2011

SARGEIST live albums

SARGEIST demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

SARGEIST Tyranny Returns album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tyranny Returns
Black Metal 2001

SARGEIST re-issues & compilations

SARGEIST Nockmaar / Heralding Breath of the Pestilence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nockmaar / Heralding Breath of the Pestilence
Black Metal 2001
SARGEIST Funeral Curses album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Funeral Curses
Black Metal 2005
SARGEIST Double Boxset Cassettes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Double Boxset Cassettes
Black Metal 2018

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SARGEIST The Dark Embrace

EP · 2008 · Black Metal
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Sargeist, including members of Horna and Behexen (and thus could almost be named a supergroup of sorts), released two very successful full-lengths last decade. The albums, Satanic Black Devotion and Disciple of the Heinous Path, were acclaimed by many, so it is weird how low profile this seven inch EP has kept.

The Dark Embrace has one track per side, as usual with seven inches. The first side includes the title track also known as "Dark Embrace of Ruins". The song is lead by a recurring melancholic guitar melody, accompanied by Shatraug’s lyrics that I could interpret as a glance into his past and the present, dealing with his personal beliefs. The riffs are nothing unique but it doesn’t matter: personally, when I’m listening to this kind of music I might know what to expect and I can still love every second of it.

The B side track "The Crown of Burning Stars" begins with an almost two minute guitar interlude. The actual song starts quite abruptly after the intro, and once again the band provides melancholic black metal in the classic way of Sargeist. Lyrics are again in big role, if you ask me. You don’t hear (nor read) such passion in every black metal release out there.

Both songs are pretty much mid-tempo and the production has a touch of lo-fi to intensify the emotional aspect. So no sterile studio sounds to expect here. In case later Horna and other Finnish black metal acts in the same melancholic vein are for your taste, there’s no reason to avoid this. The Dark Embrace is a strong addition to Sargeist’s discography, and I still can’t understand why this certain EP is so unknown. Anyhow, let’s hope we get a new full-length album in the future, because The Dark Embrace proves that Sargeist has still power left.

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