It is safe to say that “Far Away from the Sun” will absolutely continue to stand the test of time.
Back in 1996, Sacramentum introduced themselves with their debut “Far Away from the Sun”, a gripping start to a three-record endeavour that took place between 1996 and 1999. Thanks to a combination of soaring lead guitar lines, unexpected changes of pace that prevent patterns and the tremolo-picked fury, what has eventually emerged is a masterclass in the combining of foggy atmospheres and straight-up blackened death metal, conceiving a strong and memorable debut that was almost impossible to look or listen away. With a production rooted somewhere between raw and smooth, songs like the opener “Fog’s Kiss”, the title-track or “Blood Shall Be Spilled”, as most of the tracks on the A-side, waste no time dishing out utterly rending riffs where mid-paced gains momentum and eventually evolves to a catalogue of fast and aggressive melodies. The B-side features some gently picked clean passages in the form of interludes evocative of cold landscapes, adding a mix of acoustic melodies and uplifting atmospheres similar to Bathory. It is safe to say that “Far Away from the Sun” will absolutely continue to stand the test of time.
The 2020 edition of “Far Away from the Sun” was remastered for vinyl from the original mix by Dan Swanö. This reissue is also packed with a great sounding 1996 demo version of the song “Awaken Chaos” (which would eventually appear on the band’s sophomore album “The Coming Chaos”), rare photos, additional layout and liner notes. The colour of the iconic artwork painted by Kristian “Necrolord” Wählin is the original purple rather than the blue one can find on ensuing reissues, something that is reversed on the 6-page booklet that can be found inside. The booklet features a 2012 interview with the band and a message from Nisse Karlén (vocals/bass) on behalf of Sacramentum, where he announces their triumphant return after being dormant for two decades. The new album will be entitled “Shadow of Oblivion” and shall be considered a follow-up to “Far Away from the Sun”.