Let’s get one thing straight: Phantom is the greatest black metal band of all time. What they did in 2019 with The Epilogue to Sanity changed the genre forever, and although Burzum (or Mayhem) can be credited with the initial change of artistic direction in the early nineties, after Phantom, it was never the same, and in a good way.
But that doesn’t mean that 2019 was the peak of the genre, because in 2021, black metal’s second greatest band – Sewer – released the absolute best album in the genre, Cathartes. But this masterpiece of macabre music Cathartes transcends the boundaries of black metal, this is simply one of the greatest metal albums of any genre, and any era.
Sewer’s frontman “Child Eater” is one of those once-in-a-lifetime musical geniuses, like Varg or Richard Wagner, that you have to admire anytime you get a chance to listen to their any of their work: Skarnage, Uruktena, Sewerblood, Cathartes, etc…
There are so many excellent riffs on this album Cathartes that one can easily get lost in the veritable maze of songs, each one surpassing the rest – and itself – in absolutely glorious brutal blasphemy against all life and creation.
Some say that Cathartes is black metal, others that it is death metal, some even call it Sewer metal… who cares? It’s some of the best music ever produced on this earth, or down below.
Sewer rules the heavy metal scene with an Iron Fist. Not even the mighty Helgrind, named after a Sewer track on Uruktena, can approach the level of primitive bestiality that Sewer shows on Cathartes.
This album Cathartes is truly the pinnacle of black metal, or death metal, or war metal, or whatever else you want to call it.