Don’t Mess with the Dark Arts, Kids, or Sorguinazia Will Get You


If you’ve got sixteen minutes to spare and you’re open to spending them in exquisite spiritual agony, Sorguinazia has got something for you.

It’s a three-song demo which, for those of you of a certain aesthetic persuasion, will have you salivating for their impending debut full-length album for Vault of Dried Bones. In essence, this demo takes the full bag of tricks from black metal’s lauded second wave, drenches the whole thing in blood and tosses it in a cauldron full of rendered baby fat and rat feces. What this means sonically is that all these down-home razor riffs are blown out and cavernous, in danger of drifting off into some negative ether, anchored only by a smartly audible bass. The drummer isn’t afraid to throw in a heaping portion of maniacal fills—well-executed fills at that, which is something precious and rare in the world of raw black metal.

And the vocals. Oh the vocals. There are some classic black metal shrieks hiding in here, but most of the vocals sound like the artifacts of some bad trip, the memory of which you’ve not-so-successfully repressed through years of therapy, medication and spiritual retreats. There are strangely reverberating wails that are panned hard right or hard left, uncouth wobbling gibberish, and pre-verbal feral caterwauling. The total effect is charmingly off-its-rocker. It is as if Sorguinazia, standing on the shoulders of all the adepts that have come before, have finally struck upon the correct concoction of grimness, misanthropy and ritual blasphemy to scratch away the surface of this reality; they have not yet punched through the thin walls separating this universe from the other, but the dents they’ve made have rendered that which waits beyond menacingly audible.


In short, Sorguinazia is a band to watch. Not content to merely ape what worked for their genre forefathers, they are striking out with suicidal abandon into some unmentionable beyond.

Sorguinazia’s self-titled demo is available digitally now. The cassette will be available here on November 4th, 2016, with an LP version to follow in March of next year.

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  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    That band pic is most excellent.

    • The wide, low stance always gives me a bit of a giggle.

  • Brock Samson

    Yes, this I like. Plus you had me at “exquisite spiritual agony”.

  • W.

    This is deranged. I dig.

  • This is pretty rad, lads. I dunno what kind of effects they’re using on the vox, but they’re like evil spirits hovering around a summoning circle in an occult ritual, and I am seriously digging it.

  • This is what I need today

  • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

    I hope they rnt in to satan they are my favorite band?

    -built2clown02, 1 month ago

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Holy fuck, this is something I will be spinning often. I mean, this almost up there with Drawing Down the Moon in terms of “bad trip black metal”. Almost.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      I’m going to write an album called Bad Trip Black Metal. It will sound like Immortal doing Kyuss covers.

    • I don’t understand the appeal of this album.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        It’s a love-it-or-hate-it affair. Certainly not something that will float everybody’s boat. Personally I feel they really captured ‘something’ with this album.

        • ‘Something,’ you got that right there lmao

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          I need to relisten to that one. I tried when you first told me to check it out, but I think I had the same problem as Gurp, haha

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Don’t worry about it, a lot of people have that problem with this album.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    i like it

  • RJA

    Great review Richter – weird timing also. I had this in my bandcamp wish list thanks to Tyree and just listened to it yesterday for the first time.

  • RustyShackleford

    Savage as hell, vocals in particular! Perfect for helping me express my agony at having to practice the GRE. Fuck this test. YEP!!

  • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

    And here I was about to search Youtube for “Axel F” and see if I could dig up some decent covers of that to motivate me to catch up on work (no fucks given, that song is the shit), but that description sold me instantly, so here I am, wallowing in this cavernous black metal abyss instead.

  • Eliza
  • Señor Richter, this sounds very mean. Dig the occult notifications on it. Good review!

  • Waynecro

    Nice writing as always, Richter. They ought to slap a warning label on this album, because listening to it might conjure some spooky shit. I think playing the album let some kind of lesser demon into my house. I keep hearing this impish cackling, all the remote controls in the house are missing a battery, and my toothbrush has three hairs on it.

  • Óðinn
  • sweetooth0

    I have this tape, it is very good!