Man this feels good. I’m reviewing a black metal album that isn’t post-black, blackgaze, orthodox black metal, or caverncore. This is black metal the way it was meant to be played. And I have to give a shoutout to Baptism for doing it the right way for all these years. They’ve managed to put out decent material while staying somewhat underground for years now, and never succumbing to the black metal memes that all the other bands do. So big props for that.
That only gets you so far however. The Devil’s Fire is decent, but really nothing spectacular to write home about. Baptism creates this blend of traditional black, melodic black, and even atmospheric black metal that does a bit of each but none extremely well. I feel like the only part of the album that really made me excited was towards the end of Satananda, where there are these clean vocals that make me think of a wise sage, singing about how he longs for when times were simpler, and black metal was not seen as a fashion accessory.
Other than that however, there isn’t much worth talking about. Nothing in particular stands out about this album, so other than the bonus points for going against the grain by staying true to their roots, I can’t really give this record a remarkable score. It’s a relatively nice listen, but nothing beyond that.