Phendrana are an Post Black Metal band from Mexico City, Mexico. The band consists of Anuar Salum.
When I was a kid back in the early eighties, I sort of knew of the Black Metal genre, but never listened to it until the early to mid nineties. In the time since the nineties, I have listen to a quite a bit of Black Metal, some of it is a bit too extreme even for me, as I do like extreme metal. On the whole the I like genre and I am a fan of it nonetheless.
As I got the Sanctum Sic Transit Gloria Mundi album through, I put it on, to see what the album is all about and to get my initial thoughts and my thoughts were this is not bad. When I was initially listening to the album, I did some research on Phendrana, and I found out that Anuar Salum started the band back in 2012, when he was 12.
When I came to do this review, I sat down and listened to the album in full. My initials thoughts were that the band and album were not bad, but as I delved into the album more fully, I have come to the conclusion that what Phendrana has created here with the Sanctum Sic Transit Gloria Mundi album is really good.
The songs that I have found that I either liked or found interesting of the album are: Sanctum, The Threshold, Ethereum, The Dream, Where Ages Meet, The Bog and Gjenganger.
The song Sanctum is a cool song, coming in at just over nine minutes, this song has some pretty cool piano parts, the guitars and drums are good and the vocals are on point and not in your face like some Black Metal bands. The Threshold is one of several filler tracks, but it helps connect the songs together, and the song connects them well, the song has an atmospheric vibe to it, which I like, and I would like to hear this expanded into a full song. Ethereum is another cool song, as it blends some acoustic guitars with the electric really well, the drums are on point on the track, the vocals are pretty cool, and the song has a male vocalist doing growls and then you have a female vocalist doing clean vocals and they are to me, more angelic, and a good counterpoint to the growl of the growl vocals.
The Dream is another good filler song, and like The Threshold track, it has an atmospheric vibe to it. Where Ages Meet is a good track, as the intro to the song has some good acoustic guitars, and you can hear them throughout the song, and the female vocalist on this offering is really good, plus the orchestral arrangement parts of the song are on point, there is some sweet riffs dotted throughout the song. The Bog is the third and final song filler, this time on the song it has a some cool drums and softer electric guitars, and I would like to see this song be expanded into a longer song. Gjenganger is the last song off the album, and it is a really good outro song, as it is a good song to wrap up album, it has some cool male and female vocals, the drums are good and the guitars are on point.
Overall, I really liked this album, at first I was sort of sitting on the fence with this, but, when I sat down to do the review, I thought, give the band a chance, and I was glad that I did, as the Sanctum Sic Transit Gloria Mundi album is really good. So if you are into the Black Metal or Post Black Metal genres or wanting to listen to something new, then I would recommend that you go and check Phendrana out on either their Facebook or Bandcamp pages.
I would give Phendrana and their Sanctum Sic Transit Gloria Mundi album a 4.5 out of 5 for a really good offering.
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