Label: Self-released Release Date: 5/16/14
Every now and then, a band comes along and raises the bar a little bit higher. With the release of Hidden Manna, Salvaticus may have set a new standard for independently produced black metal. While the name is Latin for “savage,” the music is anything but. Fundamentally, this is atmospheric black metal, but more aggressive than what’s typical of the style. It is melodic in essence, but heavy when it wants to be. Crisp while maintaining a desirable level of rawness. In short, what we have here is an album that spans a broad range, carefully arranged such that nothing is over saturated.