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In mid-2003, Estanislao Silveyra (vocals) and Martn Guerrero (guitars) got together and decided to put together a band, which they immediately named SACRUM. For a very long period, they spent their time composing and writing, brushing up their work and becoming more influenced by different music and styles such as rock, metal, ambient, progressive, classic, extreme, etc... After a long search, Nicols Gighlione (former drummer) joined the band and SACRUM began the recording of their first EP, 2006's "Transgenia", receiving great comments on it.

They were still looking for bass and keyboard players to complete the band. In 2006, Nicols Gighlione quit the band, but that same year, Mariano Herraiz (keyboards) and Diego Cipolla (bass) joined in. After some try-outs the drummer's seat was finally taken by Agustn Sedano Acosta, completing the current line-up.

In 2007 SACRUM entered the studio to start the recording of "Cognition", their debut album, and began the rehearsing period for live performances for in 2008.SACRUM is highly recommended to all fans of progressive metal that don't mind a bit of experimentation thrown into the mix.


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Transgenia, studio album,EP (2006)
Cognition, studio album (2007)

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3.07 | 6 ratings
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 Criminal by SACRUM album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.04 | 7 ratings

Sacrum Progressive Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Criminal' - Sacrum (8/10)

Approaching two hours in length, there's a near-certainty that Sacrum's "Criminal" will be a more time-consuming album than what you're normally used to. Even for progressive metal, bands rarely throw this much material under a single title, and when you consider the fact that this is an album without any of the genre's signature twenty minute epics to flesh out the length, one begins to wonder why they didn't simply opt to split it into two or three albums. What's really incredible about Sacrum's third album to date however, is the fact that this exceptional length does not define the experience of listening to it. Thanks to their dynamic approach, strong songwriting and openness to variety, "Criminal" is an album that keeps the listener engaged throughout. It may be cliché to say in a review, but "Criminal" has no filler to speak of. What we have here is a bold dive into the world of progressive metal and each of its many faces.

Sacrum bring a great diversity to their sound. Although they are rooted in the traditional progressive metal style modelled after Dream Theater canon, the band's blend of melodic, electronic and heavy metal influences bring something relatively fresh to the 'progressive' formula. This variety is not so apparent on a song-by-song basis, but as the album progresses, there's a gradual shift in style. With "Bautizame", Sacrum introduce themselves as an atmospheric industrial metal hybrid, blending overtly danceable electronic rhythms with warm vocals (sung en Espanol) and chugging metal riffs. From there, Sacrum slowly lean towards a more traditional progressive metal sound as the album goes on, exchanging electronica soundcapes for guitar-induced atmosphere by the time the album is halfway through. The most noticeable (and sudden) change on "Criminal" is the shift from Spanish to English lyrics with the second disc of the album. Estanislao Silveyra is an excellent vocalist, and his voice suits both languages well, although the melodies are decidedly superior on the English half. This is less a cause of the language switch however, and more a result of the shift to a more traditional metal sound. On the album's second half, Sacrum retain some of their electronic undertones, but it's replaced in part with sounds one would more likely here on a progressive rock album. Sacrum get well- acquainted with Floydian ambiance on the English half, and when mixed with segments of Dream Theater-esque progressive riffs and rich power metal choruses, it becomes very apparent that Sacrum deserves the two hour investment.

Although some of the more straightforward metal riffs feel plain, "Criminal" enjoys a strong mix and production. Silveyra's vocals are particularly memorable, and Martin Guerrero's melodic lead work achieves a pleasantly soaring beauty in contrast to the aggressive riffs. Although it's arguably the longest studio album I have come across this year, "Criminal" really doesn't feel like it. Sacrum's style stays fresh throughout; there is no sense here that the second half of the record is retracing the steps of the first, as is prone to happen with double albums. However, "Criminal" may have been best left as two albums nonetheless. Sporting some of the album's best tracks like the single-worthy "One Minute of Rage" and the epic "Home", the English half is arguably better, although in truth, it's hard to choose between the two. "Criminal"s greatest strength is its consistency; you're not likely to come across too many albums that toss this much material at you without slipping up at least once. In regards to their style, Sacrum's riffs run a little close to the commonly-emulated style of Dream Theater at times, but taking into consideration the strong electronic element and quality of songwriting, Sacrum stand their ground.

 Cognition by SACRUM album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.07 | 6 ratings

Sacrum Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Hailing from Argentina, Sacrum has made an interesting full length debut album here.

Progressive metal is the name of the game here, and although it is a genre pretty exhausted in terms of making unique material, these guys manage to at least add in some details now and then that aren't overly much used. The general sound and atmosphere on many tunes do sound quite influenced by the great band of the genre, Dream Theater. Especially some of the tunes in the second half of the CD.

But some inventive use of atmospheric passages, riff patterns that owe just as much to Metallica and Megadeth, as well as the black metal and folk tinged tune Sacrum shows that this band may have more up their sleeve if they continue to evolve.

Quite a few groovy tunes here, and about just as many that sound good without being standout in any way. Worth checking out by fans of the genre, but not an album that will find many fans outside of it.

 Cognition by SACRUM album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.07 | 6 ratings

Sacrum Progressive Metal

Review by The T
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars SACRUM is the first progressive-metal band from Argentina I've ever listened to, and the results have been a mixed bag.

On one hand, the musicianship is tremendous, the band members are all very skilled in their instruments. Especially the guitar player and the drummer captured my ear with their precision and speed. There's no question that, at that level, this band can stand toe-to-toe with the best of them, including prog-metal monsters from the Old World or from North America. The recording is spot-on, something that usually is not perfect with South-american recordings (I'm South American, that's why I say this). Actually, if this cd had been released under an international label like Inside Out, nobody would've ever noticed is from a country with a relatively new prog-metal tradition as Argentina, so great are the musicians and the production.

The problem (and that has nothing to do with nationality, as most clones come from Europe or from the US) is that the music is not very original. What we get here is a band that follows the tradition of legends like DREAM THEATER or FATES WARNING almost to a point of sounding like a clone. The song structures, the kind of riffs, rhythms and sudden changes, all of that comes directly from the school of DT, even the sound of the instruments has been molded with the sound of the New York outfit in mind. On the other hand, the singer sounds like Ray Alder from FATES WARNING to a degree where at times you can easily think the guy is actually the legendary band's vocalist. While that's not per-se a bad thing (Alder is good, as I've come to appreciate now), what is not so great is when both the music and the vocals sound a little too familiar. That speaks of lack of originality and uniqueness.

All in all, a band with lots and lots of potential that has to find its own voice. The elements are there, at times one can hear a unique band beneath the layers of influence. But work has to be done, and Cognition is nothing more than a good, entertaning, but ultimately forgetable album.

Thanks to TheProgtologist for the artist addition.

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